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Andy Goldsworthy’s Massive Clay Alderney Stones Conceal Found Objects
A stone set on the shoreline will disappear in weeks, spreading the red clay bricks along the shore. The stone infused with blackberries, will bleed the dark blue color and perhaps spring blackberry plants where it is placed in a field. One stone, which had to be built inside a bunker because of its size, is now a template for the mischievous scratching from visitors while another has become a massive cowlick.
Each stone is really a conversation with the setting about change, natural versus man-made and the materiality of land. The tension of seeing an unusual object set in an otherwise normal location is a specialty of Goldsworthy. His keen ability to find and manipulate ordinary natural or found materials and shape them into an uncanny experience helps us recognize the value of turning the unseen into the seen in the everyday.
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