German Steelworks Soars with Serra

Sculptor Richard Serra's longtime collaboration with Friedhelm Pickhan's steelworks has resulted in innovative work for art and industry

Friedhelm Pickhan's generally jaundiced opinion of artists was not altered by his first contact with American sculptor Richard Serra. In 1997, Serra faxed Pickhan a sheet of paper with little more on it than three curved lines drawn with a thick pencil. Serra wanted to know if Pickhan Heavy Fabrication in north German steel country could turn those lines into a monumental sculpture.

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