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Andy Goldsworthy’s Massive Clay Alderney Stones Conceal Found Objects
The project took several years to create. Goldsworthy had chosen his site specific work in Alderney for the island’s mixture of differing environments and the quality of the soil. The stones are placed in unexpected places and left to the whim of the site.
They started as local clay soil trucked to a makeshift studio where a team worked at testing and building the massive clay spheres. Materials were located throughout the island which were incorporated into each stone- from blackberries and barley to discarded gloves, bricks and metal objects. The five-foot diameter balls were then allowed to dry for a year before being moved. Each stone is placed in a site specific location where it will dissolve and eventually reveal its contents.
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