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Andy Goldsworthy, Watershed

Andy Goldsworthy, Watershed, 2019, granite, Corten steel, spruce pine wood, 156 x 223 x 144 inches, Installation at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA. ©Andy Goldsworthy, Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Photo by Clements Photography and Design, Boston.

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156 x 223 x 144 inches

Granite, Corten steel, spruce pine wood
© Andy Goldsworthy, Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co.
Exhibit Date: 
On View Nov 09, 2019

Throughout his career, acclaimed British artist Andy Goldsworthy (born 1956) has explored the power of water as it responds to weather patterns and other natural phenomena. Watershed is a new, permanent commission for deCordova’s Sculpture Park by Goldsworthy that reveals water’s invisible passage through and under the land. It features a granite structure that is partially embedded into deCordova’s pond-side hill. Echoing the vestiges of stone walls and buildings found throughout former farmlands of New England, the structure is made from locally quarried granite, assembled in collaboration with Goldsworthy’s team of British masons. On the interior rear wall, stonework radiates in concentric circles from a central outlet, evoking water’s rippling patterns as well as its force.

In heavy rain, water runoff from deCordova’s upper parking lot is channeled underground to pour from the outlet in the sculpture’s rear wall, giving form to the normally hidden course of groundwater and allowing visitors to see and hear the work come to life in a multisensory experience. In dry weather the wall nonetheless bears traces of the water that has already passed through it. Like the grottos and water features in the gardens of Renaissance villas, Watershed illustrates water’s impermanence but also its lasting effects, through the constant development of mineral deposits, moss, and other patination.

 Listen to Andy Goldsworthy talk about Watershed.