made over two days
Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales
18-19 May 1982
© Andy Goldsworthy
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Diary: 19th May.
sunny - cloudy.
went same place as
Tried to build arch-
wide span -
built over stones
Then pulled out
colapsed 3 times
gave up - leg hurt
in last collapse.
18th May - leg still hurting but went up - wanted to rebuild arch.
rain on way -am worried - slate
goes very slippery
wanted to build an arch
with the extra tensions of
[...] - things that are counter to the way
of an arch.
Arch is a very human form - unusual
for me to feed off architecture - I have
been attracted to the archs used around
Brough - I wanted to experience
the skill of making an arch.
a few dangerous slips/
movements - nearly collapsed
amazing feeling when last supporting
Work completed and recorded 19th May 1982.
AGA: S/Bk_005, pencil illus., text
Collaboration (1990), col. illus., np [date given as September]
Listed in Clive Adams, 'Catalogue Raisonne of Photographs,' Hand to Earth (1990), p. 174:
Heavy slate arch / fourth attempt / two days trying / began to rain as I finished
BLAENAU FFESTINIOG, NORTH WALES
18 MAY 1982
3 Cibachrome photographS
each 25.5 x 39.5 (10 1/2 x 15)
framed 58.4 x 166.4 (23 x 65 1/2)
Harrogate Art Gallery
Colour 35mm slide;
Film: Kodachrome 64;
AGA location: 82/May/D;
No. of images: 1/15 [Others: S/C; 82/May/D; P];
Archival Disk: 1982_003