30 Below

Nancy Holt
Commissioned for the 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid, New York, USA
10,000 molded red bricks, grass, earth
Overall dimensions: height: 30 ft.(9.1 m); diameter: 9 ft. 4 in. (2.8 m)

Commissioned for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York, ​30 Below i​s a 30-foot, open-ended tower made of 10,000 locally-sourced bricks. The upper openings and arches at the base run north to south, while the side openings run east to west—aligned to the North Star. “I am putting ‘centers of the world’ wherever I go,” Holt stated. ​30 Below ​is both an anchor, grounding perspective along the cardinal directions, and a channel, connecting the subject with unadulterated views of sky. Its formidable structure lends itself to longevity, a testament to Holt’s continual fixation on time and duration.

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