Walter De Maria, The Broken Kilometer

393 West Broadway
New York City

Overview

The Broken Kilometer is now open to the public. Timed reservations are available here.

The Broken Kilometer, 1979, located at 393 West Broadway in New York City, is composed of 500 highly polished, round, solid brass rods, each measuring two meters in length and five centimeters (two inches) in diameter. The 500 rods are placed in five parallel rows of 100 rods each. The sculpture weighs 18 3/4 tons and would measure 3,280 feet if all the elements were laid end-to-end. Each rod is placed such that the spaces between the rods increase by 5mm with each consecutive space, from front to back; the first two rods of each row are placed 80mm apart, the last two rods are placed 570 mm apart. Metal halide stadium lights illuminate the work which is 45 feet wide and 125 feet long.

This work is the companion piece to De Maria's 1977 Vertical Earth Kilometer at Kassel, Germany. In that permanently installed earth sculpture, a brass rod of the same diameter, total weight and total length has been inserted 1,000 meters into the ground.

The Broken Kilometer has been on long-term view to the public since 1979. This work was commissioned and is maintained by Dia Art Foundation.

Hours
Wednesday–Sunday, 12–6 pm
 

Closed 3–3:30 pm daily 

Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
 
 
Admission 
Admission is free  

Photography is not permitted.

The Broken Kilometer has additional health and safety protocols in place due to COVID-19. For more information please read our visitor guidelines.

 

Art: The Broken Kilometer, 1979

Visitor Information

Visiting The Broken Kilometer
Please form a queue for admission; a maximum of four visitors permitted in the building at any one time.

Visitors are asked to refrain from entering if, over the last fourteen days, they have had symptoms of or tested positive with COVID-19, been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or have traveled from certain states that are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine (per the New York State COVID-19 Travel Advisory). When returning to New York State from a listed state, visitors are required to complete a Travel Health Form online.

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  • Social distancing is required; social-distancing markers are in place at the visitor entrance
  • No food or beverages permitted in the galleries
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  • Use of hand sanitizer is required upon entry
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  • A no-touch or low-touch visitor experience will be provided; artist information is available online via QR codes and entry doors opened by staff or propped open
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In the interest of your personal safety and the community’s health, Dia requires that all visitors observe the precautions listed above. We reserve the right to request that visitors who are not following these guidelines leave the premises.

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Artist

Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria was born in Albany, California, in 1935. He died in Los Angeles in 2013.

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Books

Walter De Maria AoA Book

Photo: Don Stahl 

Artists on Walter De Maria

Artists on Walter De Maria is the second installment in a series culled from Dia Art Foundation’s Artists on Artists lectures, focused on the work of artist Walter De Maria. It features contributions from Richard Aldrich, Jeanne Dunning, Guillermo Faivovich and Nicolás Goldberg, and Terry Winters.

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