Andy Goldsworthy's Stone River
Ever heard of the artist/sculptor, Andy Goldwsorthy? I hadn’t. At least not until my ten-year old daughter studied his land art sculpture, “Stone River”, in her Art Talks club at Stafford Elementary School. (Gotta love the arts!) Andy Goldsworthy, a british sculptor and environmentalist, is well known for developing “land art” typically set in an urban or natural setting. The “Stone River” is a stacked wall of stones – 4-foot wide at its base rising to a triangular point at its peak – that undulates and flows through the surrounding landscape: hence the name “Stone River”. Along with eight professional dry-stone wallers, it took Goldsworthy three and a half weeks – 11 hours a day, six days a week.
Well, for the Art Talks project, each student sculpted their own stone wall – taking one hour a week for four weeks. Not bad right!? Okay. Okay. My daughter’s sculpted wall, made of clay, is not in an urban or environmental setting. It’s on an 8″ X 11″ piece of cardboard. STILL! Really cool! Although it doesn’t rise to a peak and perhaps conjures a variety of “less than inspirational” images in one’s mind, I’m still a proud momma!
What I thought was even more special is that she was so inspired, she decided to write a poem about her stone river. Publishable? Maybe. It is certainly beyond the scope of most ten-year olds.
Drew's stone river
Stone River Poem
by Drew Lynch
Yet so still.
To study its fluid motion
as if a ballet.
Let it sway its own way today.
It’s by a bay.
My stone river is all of these things.
Yet still springs about certain things.
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