Nancy Holt
1981
The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, Austin, Texas⁠
Concrete, stucco, steel⁠
Overall dimensions: H: 7 ft. (2.1 m); W: 11 ft. (2.4 m); L: 50 ft. (15.2 m); Wheel: 4 ft. (1.2 m) diameter⁠
Collection: The Contemporary Austin

Overlooking Lake Austin on The Contemporary Austin's Laguna Gloria campus, Time Span is anchored in earth, water, and sky. Chains connect the sculpture to steel poles standing in the lake, while the stucco-and-concrete base is rooted in the grassy peninsula. The sun shines through rounded steel bars at the top and bottom of the sculpture, casting various shadows across the landscape. On April 5th, the artist’s birthday, the shadows encircle a plaque on the ground that details the work’s completion—which also occurred on April 5th, 1981. While Holt often designed sculptures to highlight historical dates,Time Span marks her own life as it traverses from celebration to memorial.

See Also

Hydra's Head
Nancy Holt
1974
Along the Niagara River, Artpark, Lewiston, New York, USA
Earthwork & Sculpture
30 Below
Nancy Holt
1979
Commissioned for the 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid, New York, USA
Earthwork & Sculpture