Simon Schama in a September issue of The New Yorker (2003) writes about sculptor Andy Goldsworthy: "Sometimes misread as a placid pastoralist, Goldsworthy is in fact a dramaturge of nature's temper, often fickle, often foul." Schama references a documentary film of Goldsworthy at work — Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time
in which an artist is seen enduring repeatedly, the collapse of his own creation, as he attempts to build a cone of dark seashore stones. The idea, a dream of every seven-year-old sandcastle engineer, was that the cone should stand sentinel, almost submerged in the high tide, yet survive intact to reappear as the water receded.
So very specific yet so very emblematic.
And so for day 535