By Richard Serra
2006, Weatherproofed steel
With the construction of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall nearing completion, Elizabeth and Henry Segerstrom commissioned Richard Serra to create this sculpture as the highly visible focal point for the newly expanded Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

The weatherproofed steel Connector sculpture was installed in 2006. At 65 feet high, the 360-ton steel artwork is set on a pentagonal ground plan. Constructed of five torqued weatherproof steel plates that were fabricated in Siegen, Germany, the sculpture was assembled on site, rising from a twenty-foot position at its base to a four-foot opening at its top. The sculpture is sited on the main axis of the plaza, and visitors are encouraged to walk around it and through it. Inside, the aperture at the top opens to the sky.

Serra began a series of vertical, leaning plates in 1971 with a sculpture for the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Connector is an extension of this series. Aptly titled Connector, this challenging and innovative sculpture serves the symbolic function of unifying centerpiece for grounds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts.