Goldsworthy pilgrimage


Yesterday was a gorgeous fall day, sunny and surprisingly warm. We found ourselves with no specific plans for the day, and the kids were starting to go a little stir-crazy in the grandparents’ house. Inspired by the previous day’s leafy homage to Goldsworthy, I felt compelled to visit the large sculpture garden nearby to see one of Goldsworthy’s own works.

I posted a couple of photos I’d taken there last month, at which point I realized it had been 6 full years since we’d been there. It had been when six-year-old Phoebe was under a year old, and if you do the math, you will realize that four-year-old Theo had never been there at all. Clearly, this needed to be remedied.

The Storm King Art Center now boasts 2 large Goldsworthy works. I had seen the first wall before, but hadn’t realized that a second wall had been built only a couple of years ago.


The wall winds through the trees.


It wriggles all the way down the hill, where it dips into a pond.


This is the second wall. I don’t believe that the twig ring is part of the sculpture, as it is not in the description. However, even if not put there by Goldsworthy himself, it was a fitting tribute.

I found myself wondering why it had taken us so long to get back here, especially given how much both Phoebe and Theo love art. But our trips are often too short, often well under 48 hours, and are usually filled with other family-related things.

(Once again, these photos were just taken with my iPhone, as I didn’t remember to pack my camera for this trip.)

4 responses to “Goldsworthy pilgrimage

  1. Wow! I’ve never been there, but it looks great, and seems like a lovely way to spend a day. Art and nature in one place, with good weather! What more could you ask for (except maybe your fancier camera)? I’m glad that you could finally take your kids there.

  2. I like that curvy wall. Wonder what our HOA would have to say about something like that?!! It’s the correct height, of course… but the nonlinear nature of it would cause the board members’ heads to explode. Might be worth submitting a proposal just to see that happens.

  3. i love those walls. we were there when the second one was in the works…

    i keep buying books on stone walls, hoping to inspire my husband. so far, no dice.

  4. i miss new england stone walls in the fall.

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