Andy Goldsworthy visiting with Alan Harshbarger of Bayer Stone in St. Mary's, KansasExhibition:
Andy Goldsworthy: Mountain and Coast Autumn into Winter
October 14 - November 28, 2004

Sculpture Installation:
"Wichita Arch" 

See images of the creative process for "Wichita Arch"

The Exhibition:
Internationally-acclaimed British artist Andy Goldsworthy transforms nature's most familiar elements---stone, trees, clay, snow, ice, and leaves---into breathtakingly beautiful and mysterious designs that refer to cycles of life and death. This photographic exhibition documents a series of projects created in Japan in 1987 and serves to introduce Goldsworthy to local audiences on the occasion of a major sculpture commission on the WSU campus. Courtesy of Haines Gallery, San Francisco, and the Artist. Visit the Haines Gallery web site at: http://www.hainesgallery.com

The Sculpture: "Wichita Arch" was installed October 22-29. The 22-foot-wide, 14-foot-high span of Flint Hills limestone is located at 17th Street and Fairmount, just south of Wilner Auditorium on the WSU campus.

Andy Goldsworthy (b. 1956) has achieved global renown for his ephemeral, site-specific works assembled from sand, petals, leaves, mud, and icicles and more permanent ones of wood and stone.  Sometimes even his most monumental projects are temporary, such as the wood and stone structures he built on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the summer of 2004, which will be dismantled and re-erected on a private country estate. He is currently preparing to install a major permanent work at the National Gallery of Art. Goldsworthy is represented in museums and private collections around the world. WSU is the second American university to acquire one of his works.

The arch has been a recurring form throughout Goldsworthy's career. He imagines the arch as a living thing that "leaps" from point to point, or as the visible segment of a much larger, organic entity:  "The idea is part of a bigger arch, if you like, of which the pieces are spread all over the place."  Unique to Wichita Arch is the artist's decision to plant a young sapling beneath the arch, anticipating that, in decades to come, the tree will grow up and around and intertwine with the stone. The work will change from season to season and year to year. Just as the arch measures the distance from one point to another, Wichita Arch also marks the passage of time in its interaction with the living tree, inviting us to meditate on the cycles of nature and the Kansas landscape.

 

The Ulrich Museum of Art is grateful to our outstanding WSU Physical Plant staff for their hard work and dedication throughout the installation process. We particularly want to thank Woody DePontier, interim director, as well as Barry Barton, Paul Belt, Ed Catt, Steve Gruning, Ernie Marks, Brit Morgan, Dan Reeder, and Dan Small.

 

To view more of Goldsworthy's work or to read a biography, click here.

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