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    Available in PDF Format | Arch.pdf | English
    Andy Goldsworthy(Author) David Craig(Author)
In this study, Andy Goldsworthy traces the route along which sheep were once driven from Scotland over the border to markets in the north of England. A red sandstone arch, made of blocks hewn from a Scottish quarry, begins its journey in a dilapidated stone sheepfold deep in the hills of south-west Scotland. From there it progresses south, constructed early in the morning and dismantled in the evening in a rich variety of locations: on the site of a vanished stone sheep pen in a town centre, on land high above a six-lane motorway, and half-in and half-out of a stream running through lush pastureland. While Andy Goldsworthy lives close to the start of the arch's route, the writer with whom he has collaborated, David Craig, lives near its end. Both share a deep concern for the history of the land, touching in their writing upon the physical origin and on the lives of the people who have lived and worked on it over the centuries.
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  • By C. Barnes on 1 November 2016

    Last summer I followed the Arch. I spent a few weeks tracking down the locations from a remote farm in Dumfries, down through Cumbria along the old drove roads to the Arch's final resting place in a small shepherds hut near Kirkby Lonsdale. At each location I recreated the official photographs of the landscape as it is now. Through following the route of the Arch I came to have a deeper understanding of the history and landscape of Cumbria, and came to see the Arch as a travelling companion. The book is small, but the idea behind the project was huge and questioning. Far more than just seeing an installation out of context, this is an invitation to explore and to join the journey.

  • By Kindle Customer on 16 November 2011

    Bought for a present because I think the photographs are great! I'm sure the recipient will agree. Recommended to all.

  • By Guest on 3 March 2016

    very happy with the service you provide. solid. goldsworthy is a genius.

  • By Guest on 24 May 2005

    If you "don't get" contemporary art, you'll hate this book. If you do enjoy the broad metaphors and wide open spaces of meaning of late 20th-early 21st Century art then you will like this book. Saatchi free and using real men's tools - hammer, chisel and Land Rover, Andy Goldsworthy creates a gentle but profound stir by taking an arch of sandstone on the road and erecting it in a variety of significant locations.Photography is the way this event was recorded - without the images, only those who were there would have known what happened. The book is the way the event is expressed to those who were not there. The event was the Arch - it's creation and rebirth at each location.There is a strong-handed feel to this book - as if a less than comprehending child were being shown something very important by a kindly father. I like it for many different reasons but I do like it - story, document, experiment, dare whatever. This is the first book of Andy Goldsworthy's that I've owned. It won't be the last.

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