NYC Vignettes: Andy Goldsworthy at Storm King

December 4, 2013

Andy Goldsworthy, Strom King Wall, 1997-98

Andy Goldsworthy, Storm King Wall, 1997-98

I’ve traveled great distances to see Andy Goldsworthy’s extraordinary art.  The last time I was in New York, my husband and I saw his Garden of Stones at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan.  In April, I went on a five-day guided hike in France where I saw nine Goldsworthy installations along the trail.  (You can read about that experience here and here and here.)  The $46 bus tour ticket to Storm King to see Goldsworthy’s walls was a much smaller investment than a trip to France, and the rewards of seeing the art in its natural setting was just as satisfying.

I was surprised at how long the wall extended.  It started in a straight line atop a hill, then dropped down to a lake, and finally continued in a sinuous curve on the other side of the water.  The part that curved around the living tree trunks was quite visible seeing that the trees were bare this late in the season.  The lake was like a reflecting pool, magnifying the beauty of this setting.

Distant view of the wall on the hill

Distant view of the wall on the hill

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I was also surprised to learn that Goldsworthy constructed a second wall at Storm King in 2010.  Much shorter than his first wall, this one is called 5 Men, 17 Days, 15 Boulders, 1 Wall.  I think the title says it all.

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7 Responses to “NYC Vignettes: Andy Goldsworthy at Storm King”

  1. Bob Braxton Says:

    serpentine Jeffersonian

  2. napperscompanion Says:

    Goldsworthy must have been a trippy guy. Nice shots. Peace and thanks, John

  3. Vilatelle Mathieu Brigitte Says:

    Your pictures are so nice …. I see the same storm wall in Vassiviere island in my birth country named Limousin .
    Many Thanks to you

    Kisses brigitte

    • Rosemary Says:

      I just looked online to see the wall at Vassiviere Island. for some reason that one reminds me of Smithson’s Spiral Jetty.

  4. Elisa Says:

    I am so excited to see it!! I will soon be ordering another of his books on loan from another library, as ours doesn’t have it.

  5. shoreacres Says:

    Hmmmm… reminds me of the historical rock walls I saw in Kansas. In fact, there are classes in traditional rock wall building and repair, and I saw one ranch where repair work was going on. I have to confess – I’ll put the Kansans up against this fellow any day. (Although those curves around the trees are lovely…)


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