Week Sixteen: Rivers and Tides (2001)

Title: Rivers and Tides

Tone: The Zen of Impermanence


Director-Thomas Riedelsheimer

Cast- Andy Goldsworthy

When: 2001

What: Thomas Riedelsheimer profiles the work of artist Andy Goldsworthy. Goldsworthy creates intricate sculptures from natural materials, many of which collapse, erode, or wash away after being sculpted.


  • Spring is here, which means it’s time to break out of the hibernation-mode of winter. This month we’re profiling various films that should help motivate you to awaken from your winter slumber.
  • Andy Goldsworthy’s approach to sculpting is quite unique in that he devotes a great amount of time and patience to create intricate sculptures made of ice, twigs, stone, leafs etc…often bringing his sculptures to the brink of collapse, only to have them erode, wash away, and simply disappear. His sculptures are transitory and that is what makes his work so significant.
  • Thomas Riedelsheimer constructs Rivers and Tides in such a way that the viewer not only gets to see Goldsworthy sculpt and discuss his work but also get to see the world from Goldworthy’s perspective.
  • One of the best aspects of Rivers and Tides are the scenes wherein the sculptures that Goldsworthy is constructing fall apart before they’re completed. These scenes are quite inspiring as you witness Goldsworthy’s patience and persistence to keep re-building after everything falls apart. Enjoy!

~ by cinematte on April 17, 2011.

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