DeCordova Museum goes for the Goldsworthy

  • March 15, 2011 17:04

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Andy Goldsworthy sculpture in Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, UK

The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Mass., is looking to raise $1 million, specifically to commission a work by British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy.

In an effort to upgrade the collection of its 35-acre sculpture park, the museum wants to acquire the work of this well-known sculptor who creates site-specific works in tune with the environmental landscape.

Goldsworthy has already surveyed the museum grounds and come up with an idea for the commission. His inspiration is called "Snow House," to be formed by stacked granite to resemble the old ice houses of New England. Inside, a giant, 9-foot snowball would be installed each winter, rolled and stowed by locals and staff annually. Each summer the chamber would opened to allow the snowball to melt.

“The work is not an object, but a container — a forum for change, memory, replenishment, season — in which the construction and care of the object, along with its interaction with people, are integral to the work,’’ Goldsworthy stated.




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