Goldsworthy: Rivers & Tides


I’ve just finished viewing the DVD Andy Goldsworthy: Rivers and Tides. Wow! It is very beautiful, very inspiring and I want to view it over and over again. I’ve admired Andy Goldsworthy’s work in books, magazines and online but have never seen it in real life. This film captures that feeling of being there and seeing how the artist creates from materials in nature, often allowing the creations to be destroyed and returned to nature. Viewing the ephemeral seems to arouse a spiritual response in the artist as well as in this viewer.

I know this film has been out for several years, but by fluke I came across it in the library and hope to renew it and watch it a few more times, especially the extras. It is gorgeously filmed by Thomas Riedelsheimer with the support of YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Company (surprise!) and other film production companies. I suggest a search on the web for images of his work if interested. The above one that I’ve captured is somewhat similar to one in the film, and which I really like because it reminds me of a petroglyph. If you haven’t seen Rivers and Tides, I highly recommend it!

November 6, 2006 in Films, Other artists by Marja-Leena