Horse chestnut leaves
sections torn out
pinned with thorns to sticks pushed into pond bottom
muddy black clouds stirred up around where I worked
over the week the leaves began to fall and the pond rose slightly
work gradually disappearing
Loughborough, Leicestershire
22 September 1986

© Andy Goldsworthy
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Diary: 22nd Sept.

struggled for about two hours went to pond – played with leaves – Horse chestnut – tore sections – laid on pond – was going to make a single line – but then [started] alongside each other – much better – a good work
Hard day.

Sun came out – lit dark corner of lake – began overcast
- very gloomy – perfect for the work – difficult to photograph.

Related Images:


floating, leaves, lines, torn, water


Work completed and recorded 22nd September 1986.


Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK.


AGA: S/Bk_014, col. illus., text
Collaboration (1990), col. illus., np

Listed in Clive Adams, Hand to Earth (1990), p. 177, as no. 111, presented as 6 Cibachrome photographs in two frames.

Collection of the Arnolfini Trust, Bristol.


Colour 35mm slide;
Film: Kodachrome 64;
AGA location: P;
No. of images: 1/21 [Others: S/C; P; 86/Oct/A/B];
Archival Disk: 1986_003