Continuous grass stalk line
held to mud-covered rocks with thorns
Swindale Beck Wood, Cumbria
10 December 1984

© Andy Goldsworthy
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Diary: 10th Dec - Swindale - calm in beck - occasional breeze - overcast at first - then sunny - now sun going down in long day

mud on four rocks - about
1/2" deep - coating - grass stalk -
continous line - spinning around
all four rocks.
held with thorns
pressed into mud.

I like this piece

good days work
cold hands when
working with mud
but ok otherwise

Writing in 1994 about the relationship between stones and drawing in his work, AG referred back to this work:
'Nine years ago I placed four stones on a path and covered each stone with mud to which I was able to secure grass stalks, so releasing the line into the surrounding space. It was, however, a space that I had made and the greater challenge lay in responding to existing rocks and spaces' [Stone, 1994].

Related Images:


covered, grass, lines, mud, rocks


Work completed and recorded 10th December 1984.


Swindale, Brough, Cumbria, UK.


AGA: S/Bk_011, col. illus., no text
Rain (1985), col. illus., p. 42
Stone (1994), col. illus., pp. 83-84
Time (2000), col. illus., p. 187

Listed in Clive Adams, Hand to Earth (1990), p. 176, as no. 95, presented as 2 Cibachrome photographs in one frame.


Colour 35mm slide;
Film: Kodachrome 64;
AGA location: 84/6;
No. of images: 4/39 [Others: 84/6; see also 35mm slide: S/C; 84/Dec/C/D; P];
Archival Disk: 1984_007