British, b. 1956
Lives and works in Dumfries, Scotland
Over the past 30 years, Andy Goldsworthy has gained a significant reputation for both his ephemeral works and his permanent installations that draw out the inherent character of the places where they are sited. The artist works with natural materials, such as leaves, sand, ice, and stone that often originate from the local site.
Earth Wall is Goldsworthy’s newest addition to a growing body of related artworks—Spire (2008), Wood Line (2010–11), and Tree Fall (2013)—that he created for the public in the San Francisco Presidio. Earth Wall resembles a partially excavated ball of knotted branches emerging from an earthen wall. To create Earth Wall, Goldsworthy built a half-sphere of eucalyptus branches approximately six feet in diameter on the exterior wall of the Officers’ Club courtyard. This wooden structure and the wall around it were then completely covered with rammed earth. Finally, Goldsworthy chipped and carved away the earth surrounding the curved branches to reveal the sculpture within. Earth Wall was commissioned by the Presidio Trust.
Other site-specific works and commissions include: Storm King Wall, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY (1997–99); Garden of Remembrance, Jewish Heritage Museum, New York, NY (2004); Roof at the National Gallery of Art Washington, D.C. (2005); and Drawn Stone at the de Young Museum San Francisco, CA (2005). Goldsworthy’s work has been presented in major museum exhibitions worldwide, including Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (2004); Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI (2006); the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, U.K. (2007); Pori Art Museum, Finland (2011); and deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA (2011). His work is the subject of several substantial monographic publications, including, most recently, Andy Goldsworthy: Ephemeral Works: 2004–2014 (Abrahams, 2015).