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Andy Goldsworthy

British, born 1956

© 2010 Andy Goldsworthy. Photograph by Kelly Carpenter.

Path, 2012–13

4584 x 96 x 12 inches (11643.4 x 243.8 x 30.5 cm)
George B. and Jenny R. Mathews Fund, by exchange, Bequest of Arthur B. Michael, by exchange, Sarah Norton Goodyear Fund, Albert H. Tracy Fund, Gift of A. Conger Goodyear, by exchange, Sherman S. Jewett Fund, James H. Madison Fund, by exchange, Gift of Mr., 2012

On View on the AK's Grounds

In postmodern object-making, the rejection of the traditional pedestal and the expansion of art into the world around us has been referred to as “sculpture in the expanded field,” a phrase coined in 1979 by Rosalind Krauss in her eponymous essay. At the Albright-Knox, the notion “Sculpture in the Expanded Field” can also refer to the Gallery’s recent initiative to extend its Collection to its outdoor campus by commissioning site-specific works by living artists.

Andy Goldsworthy’s Path, 2012–13, is a gravel path set in a shaded glade on the east side of the museum. Beneath the gravel lies a snaking form carved by the artist in granite. It will be invisible during dry periods but will appear and disappear with fluctuations in precipitation and temperature, evoking a ghostly river through the woods.

Related Features

Participate in the Making of Andy Goldsworthy’s Path (AK Tumblr)

Andy Goldsworthy, a Mini-series: Rain Shadows (AK Tumblr)

Andy Goldsworthy, a Mini-series: Ephemeral Work (AK Tumblr)


  • Andy Goldsworthy discusses Path at the Albright-Knox, May 15, 2013