Through the Hedge
Artist Andy Goldsworthy poses a new way to look at our surroundings and how we interact with our mountain homes
Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison
Andy Goldsworthy, the artist who produces astounding site-specific sculpture and land art, inspires us to look at our natural surroundings in a new way. “There’s two different ways of looking at the world,” Goldsworthy says in the recently screened documentary Leaning Into the Wind. “You can walk on the path, or you can walk through the hedge. And I think that’s the beauty of art, that it just makes you step aside, off the normal way of walking or looking.” Leaving the film, I noticed the world looked different—a sidewalk I’d walked down a hundred times suddenly seemed like intentional art, branches arching over it in a passageway of shadow and light.
The way we interact with the world around us is something that mountain homeowners give a great deal of consideration to, asking themselves, how do we want our home to fit into the landscape? How do we want to live with nature?
As we enjoy the halcyon days of August, as you interact with nature, at home and in your mountain adventures, will you choose to walk on the path—or through the hedge?
Andy Goldsworthy: Projects (Abrams, 2017) was made concurrently with Andy Goldsworthy: Ephemeral Works: 2004–2014 (Abrams, 2015). Goldsworthy considers the two books to be a single work. Andy Goldsworthy: Projects presents more than 40 of the artists large scale sculptural works from around the world. Andy Goldsworthy: Ephemeral Works: 2004–2014 Features 200 works in arranged in chronological sequence.