Rammed Earth Works is thrilled to have worked with renowned artist Andy Goldsworthy on his most recent installation in the Presidio, called Earth Wall. The piece is Andy's fourth for the For Site Foundation, following “Spire” (2008), “Wood Line” (2011), and “Tree Fall” (2013).
“We’re looking at a wall made from earth from the Presidio and embedded in the wall is a ball of branches and earth that appears to have been excavated out of the wall,” Andy says. “The branches have the appearance of having been there for an awful long time, and that was a very strange thing because you’re always trying to see your work outside yourself, and it looks like I dug something up from a long time ago that I hadn’t even put there, so it was a real process of discovery for me, as I hope it will be for other people.”
Andy selected rammed earth as the medium around the twisted branches to give the appearance of the eucalyptus having been buried under layers of earth deposited and compacted over a long period of time. The rammed earth “simulated layers of earth laid down over time, as if the layers were made as sedimentary layers. We did in a day what nature would have deposited and compacted over thousands of years” says Khyber Easton of Rammed Earth Works.
“Prior to this Andy Goldsworthy project, Rammed Earth Works had always been building structural walls. Now artists are asking to build aesthetic, conceptual projects. This Goldsworthy project highlights conceptual aspects of rammed earth and legitimizes rammed earth as a medium of art, not just structure.”
Rammed Earth Works is thrilled to have worked with Andy on such a timeless piece. Below is a short video via The Presidio of San Francisco followed by a series of production images detailing the installation of Andy Goldsworthy's Earth Wall at The Presidio.
Artist's quotes sourced from this SF Gate article.