Grand Rapids Arch
Goldsworthy works with natural materials such as leaves, sand, ice, and stone. Some work is ephemeral and others, like the Grand Rapids Arch, are permanent. The stone for Grand Rapids Arch is from the artist’s hometown in Scotland. It is a natural arch and not made with any mortar or pins.
About his arches, the artist says, “The arch seemed an appropriate form to talk about ideas of travel because the stone, out of the context of an archway or a building, a free-standing arch, has a sense of a stone taking a walk; a stride; a movement. So that became the really important motivating idea behind the arches.”
Andy Goldsworthy. Grand Rapids Arch, 2001/2005. Red sandstone, 216 x 426 x 87 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Andy Goldsworthy.