A Clearing of Arches. For the Night

1995
Sussex chalk, Flint
11 x x cm
Edition of 1

In 1994, when Andy Goldsworthy was working on the installation of Herd of Arches at Cass Sculpture Foundation, he began to play with the chalk and flint that he found on the grounds. He covered leaves with powdered chalk, and made leaf prints in chalk scraped from around the flints, which traced walks along the woodland paths. The chalk prints were soon washed away by the rain, but it was obvious that he was captivated by the material. Goldsworthy remembered that chalk was historically used to mark paths for walks at night, and because the sandstone arches were already marking a path through the grounds, Goldsworthy was led to the idea of making arches for night–time. When Goldsworthy was making this work at Cass Sculpture Foundation, he was consistently reminded of the snow and ice in the Arctic stating;

“When I was in the Arctic, I wrote in my diary something like, I keep on talking about the snow and ice as a landscape because it feels as solid as if it is the earth, but in fact it was water and that made me realise the movement in stone. When I returned from the Arctic I made a stone arch as an echo of the one I made in the North Pole and now I find the white stone, it is very interesting.”

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About The Artist

Andy Goldsworthy's experience growing up in agriculture as a farm labourer provided him with an acute awareness of his environment and a respect for the fleeting beauty of landscape. By intervening in the landscape Goldsworthy creates ephemeral site-specific sculptures using pre-existing, natural materials. He directly engages with the natural environment by incorporating found objects and natural specimens into temporary sculptures, which he then documents extensively through photography. This choice of materials ensures the momentariness of his work, meaning photography plays a large role in maintaining the legacy of his practice. Andy Goldsworthy photographs these sculptures before, during and after production, which serve as permanent record of each piece. Most of his work is created outside in remote locations that have been specifically chosen for their personal significance.

Andy Goldsworthy

Born: 1956

Other Artworks by Andy Goldsworthy at CASS

1994

Herd of Arches

Out of the quarry - seven arches - made over two days - no failures - one almost fell - slipped down the face of a rock …

2002

Arch at Goodwood

Andy Goldsworthy’s sandstone arch is one of his largest sculptures of this type. His first arches were fashioned in ice …

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