The Hedgehog and the Fox

Richard Serra, American, born 1939

The Hedgehog and the Fox, 2000

Cor-Ten steel
Princeton University, gift of Peter T. Joseph, Class of 1972 and Graduate School Class of 1973, in honor of his children, Danielle and Nicholas
PP618

Industrial yet sensual, this massive sculpture invites visitors to walk through its steel curves in order to experience art, space, and environment in a physical way. The title, taken from an Isaiah Berlin essay, quotes the Greek poet Archilochus: "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one great thing." Serra extends this proposition as a question to students—will you be a fox or a hedgehog?