one day at a time…
Monday, 03 May 2004

Pix Of The Day: The Noble Art Of Throwing Sticks
CREDIT: © Andy Goldsworthy/ArtsEdNet
WHERE: global. WHAT: landscape art by Andy Goldsworthy.
MAP: Penpont. Thumbnail click pops-up larger image on source web site.

Penpont Stick Throwers © Andy GoldsworthyIt is now more than twenty five years since we were personally involved with what one friend euphemistically calls "country pursuits" in the Lowland Scotland village of Penpont (locally pronounced 'Penpunt'). Recreational activities during the intervening years seem to have taken a more sophisticated turn, especially with the arrival of landscape artist Andy Goldsworthy: the coarser pursuits of former times have been superseded by communal stick throwing. The picture shows such an event, part of Andy's work with 'Ballet Atlantique'. It looks good fun, and unlikely to lead to trouble.

The artist's work is often ephemeral, and he uses photography both as a means of recording the art, and as an artifact in its own right. The Getty ArtsEdNet web site has more on Andy's work, and there is a good overview and commentary from the online Sculpture Magazine. The Des Moines Art Center has details of 'Three Cairns', a widely discussed Goldsworthy project, and there has even been a film made about other Goldsworthy projects. We tried to find a comprehensive visual record of Andy's work, and the best was what we think may be an 'unofficial' gallery by Pan Omnibus on the Webshots service, where 'Iris Leaves and Berries' is a personal favorite.

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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)