Andy Goldsworthy’s Wood Line

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Wood Line is the second work by artist Andy Goldsworthy, begun in 2010 and completed a year later. It is over 1,200 feet long. Whereas his first piece, Spire, calls upon viewers to look up, Wood Line calls your attention down to the soil.

All of the trees here come from the late 1800s, when the US Army planted eucalyptus interspersed with rows of Monterey cypress. It was the Army’s plan to create a striking green canopy all around the Presidio. Conditions did not favor the cypress and they died out, leaving open gaps.

Wood Line fills one of these gaps with a quiet, graceful sculpture that, in the artist’s words, “draws the place.” His sculpture will one day fade back into the earth, but that was part of his intention.

the shadows of tall cyprus trees fall on a clearing between them in a long row

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Goldsworthy’s other art:

Spire, and Earth Wall, but Tree Fall is closed to the public (accurate as of 15 Aug 2022)

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