Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time | Chicago Reader

Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time

British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy builds a tower of rocks near the sea—he's planning to see it swallowed by the rising tide—only to have it collapse before the ocean can reach it. It takes him four more attempts to get it right. This 2000 documentary stresses the transitory qualities of Goldworthy's work, showing the ephemeral creations he makes with ice and sticks but never mentioning the high prices his gallery pieces command. Filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer presents engaging images—the stone tower poking up from below the waterline, a chain of leaves gradually breaking up on the surface of a stream—but they don't add up to much more than a series of pretty pictures, and Goldsworthy's gnomic statements about the “energy” he perceives in “the plants and the land” are never fully explored. 94 min.

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