Still from “Rivers and Tides”
Goldsworthy heads to the shore early in the morning when the tides are low. He begins to collect wood and pile them up to create a dome on the rocky landscape of the banks. He starts by building it in a circle around himself. The process is tedious because a small twig in the wrong place can dismantle the entire piece. As his work is nearing completion, the water level rises and begins to seep into the dome. Against the setting sun, the tide engulfs his work and it begins to fall apart. The piece floats away, perhaps, never to be seen by the artist.