Andy Goldsworthy's

“Spire” by Andy Goldsworthy—See it while you can

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Spire by Andy Goldsworthy, © moonlightbulb on Creative Commons

Forty huge cypress logs press together into a nine-story needle-like structure in the Presidio. The “Spire” stands on a ridge, towering over the surrounding grove of saplings planted to replace the 100-year-old trees that are dying out in this man-made forest.

Over the coming 20 years, the Spire will be overshadowed by the next generation of trees, and Andy Goldsworthy’s enigmatic sculpture will disappear into the forest.

Which is just the way he wants it.

See the Spire while you can.

Where: in the Presidio
When: Always open
How much: FREE

Want to find out more? Check out Andy Goldsworthy: A Collaboration with Nature, about the Scottish artist’s use of purely natural materials, from snow and ice to leaves, stone, and twigs in the creation of his one-of-a-kind sculptures. Goldsworthy’s approach is to interrupt, shape, or in some other way temporarily alter or work with nature to produce his fragile, mutable pieces which return to their natural state, leaving no trace of the artwork’s existence save for the stunning photos in this book.

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