Plants, Stone, California Landscapes


New Goldsworthy in the Presidio

The stoneworker’s artist-of-choice, Andy Goldsworthy, has a new installation in the Presidio. It’s pretty cool, a one-hundred foot tall spire made out of forty lashed-together Monterey Cypress logs, culled from aging, declining trees that needed to be cut down. After cutting them down, they lashed them together into the spire and planted new trees around it in the spots where they had cut down the old ones. The spire will eventually rot and have to come down, but by then the new trees will have grown up around it. 

From now until May 3, there’s also a small exhibition with some of the drawings for the project, some photos of the installation process, and a few small art pieces including this junior spire inside a closet of the exhibition building. 

The NY Times has an article with a nice photo of the spire. This video has some footage of Goldsworthy’s first log spire, the no-longer-existing Grizedale spire.


2 Responses to “New Goldsworthy in the Presidio”

  1. January 11th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    susan (garden-chick) says:

    I was first introduced to Andrew Goldsworthy as a design student seeing his wall at the Stanford campus. I did not initially get what all the fuss was about, but seeing the documentary River and Tides gave me much more insight. Thanks for the info, I had not heard about this installation.

  2. February 13th, 2012 at 7:50 am

    DryStoneGarden » Blog Archive » Andy Goldsworthy’s Stone River says:

    […] Andy Goldsworthy pieces in the Bay Area. The others are Drawn Stone at the De Young museum and Spire in the Presidio. This one is my favorite of the three. I love the snakelike form and the stylized […]

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