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Gravity by Richard Serra

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Richard Serra's sculpture <i>Gravity</i> is wedged into the staircase in the southwest corner of the Hall of Witness.

Richard Serra's sculpture Gravity is wedged into the staircase in the southwest corner of the Hall of Witness. —US Holocaust Memorial Museum

A 12-foot-square slab of steel weighing nearly 30 tons, Richard Serra’s monolithic sculpture Gravity is wedged near the black granite wall at the bottom of the stairs in the southwest corner of the Hall of Witness. The sculpture impales the staircase, destabilizing the space and forcing a rift in the flow of visitors as they descend—a forced separation.