Andy Goldsworthy's Rivers and Tides

Andy Goldsworthy's Rivers and Tides

2001, Art and Artists  -   36 Comments
Ratings: 7.60/10 from 84 users.

Andy Goldsworthy’s Rivers & Tides (2001)Documentarian Thomas Riedelsheimer shows us Andy Goldsworthy as he creates art in natural settings using natural materials such as driftwood, ice, mud, leaves, and stones. Goldsworthy comments on his "earthworks" and occasionally responds to off screen questions from Riedelsheimer while he painstakingly builds his outdoors sculptures. With some exceptions, such as a winding stone wall that he built in Mountainville, NY, Goldsworthy's creations are intentionally mutable works.

We see how several of them fall apart, melt, or drift away due to exposure to the elements; we also see, for example, a complex structure of interconnected sticks collapse while Goldsworthy is still working on it.

Riedelsheimer takes us to Goldsworthy's home in Penport, Scotland, and to a French museum, but the emphasis of the film is on observing Goldsworthy at work.

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3 years ago

wow. just wow. it makes you look at nature differently.

3 years ago

5 minutes in, and i don't know what to think. it's strangely satisfying. will update later

4 years ago

Gr8 f1lm, w0u1d r3c0mm3nd.

4 years ago

I love most of the works. The stone eggs are amazing, the icicle sculptures, the leaves posed just so - really amazing. But watching this has taught me more about his works and I have to say I don't like the wall around the trees - it feels too imposing on the landscape. and ungenerous to the trees. Equally the colouring of a stream red using iron from stones found in the stream bed is pretty - but iron can be quite toxic to creatures living in the water, so that's a no-no really.
Mixed feelings now.

5 years ago

According to IMDB it is an hour and a half movie. But your version seems to be only 45 minutes?

9 years ago

I have watched this so many times - He has a good book out, "Andy Goldsworthy. A Collaboration With Nature", (55.00, US), I picked it up in a used book store for 20. - I'll watch it forever - It gets better each time - He is such a pleasant person -

TrampVamp .
9 years ago

Fabulous I wish I could live my life a little more like he does

10 years ago

how the hell did i skip this one before...extraordinairy!

A good attachement to Light Darkness and Colors
10 years ago

Dear Igor, Build a stone wall. Just a small one. Then there will no longer be any need to comment. Only a lesson to carry you forward.

10 years ago

it all looks very nice, it would´ve been more fair though if he would show us he is using concrete in the end to make those stones stick together, as he did. fake artist

11 years ago

A real artist. The documentary is slow and reflects the personality af the artist and help to discover and see the making of

11 years ago

A truly inspirational insight into how nature influences art, or simply how someone harmonises with their surroundings. Going back to nature, observing it's passing, reminds me of my childhood, and saddens me to think that society slowly has driven us inwards into controlled parklife, reducing our contact with what is simply part of ourselves. Goldsworthy's video is a simple gift, he himself is a man following his heart and instincts. I bought this documentary, such was its impact on me. One to have and to hold and share with anyone who will listen.

11 years ago

Amazing film. Goldsworthy's sense of 'natural' Time is refreshing.

13 years ago

@tamar, good idea

go to 'contacts' at the top of the homepage and email Vlatko directly with your request. Also recommend some good literary docs to him if you know of any dood ones.

tamar kuchuashvili
13 years ago

could you pease add special category in your documentary films called literature? it would be nice for literates to find farther information about the writers and literary writing systems, also the new activities in modern literature.

Damn Yankee
13 years ago

Thanks Vlatko! This has proved a very useful resource for my Postmodernist paper. Keep up the good work :)

13 years ago

The sound is fantastic,seems interesting work but the image is to good.