Goldsworthy art installation draws residents to San Francisco Presidio 

A segmented line of naked eucalyptus trunks snakes through a forested grove in the Presidio, inviting hikers young and old to contemplate and enjoy. Wood Line is designed to mark time, decay and be absorbed into the surrounding natural world.

This one may be around for a while, though.

The latest sculptural work by acclaimed British artist Andy Golds­worthy was completed this month in the open space between groups of eucalyptus trees off Presidio
Boulevard.

The space was formerly the site of Monterey cypress trees that were edged out by the eucalyptus and did not survive.

“It’s like another life for these trees,” said Phil Weinstein of San Francisco, who walked the line with his wife, Jill, and their daughter and two grandchildren, and their 15-year-old Australian shepherd, Alfie, on Sunday morning.

The project started in November, using trees taken from park construction and reforestation projects. Goldsworthy trimmed the trunks into pieces several feet long, then fitted them together into a curving line along the forest floor.

“It looks like a river,” said Weinstein’s daughter, Hyatt Bass. Bass’ two children, 7-year-old Jasper and 4-year-old Hayden, walked gleefully along the top of the trunks.

Goldsworthy’s other work at the Presidio, Spire, is a conglomeration of several Monterey cypress trees that rises 95 feet from an overlook of San Francisco Bay. It was completed in 2008.

aburack@sfexaminer.com



If you go

Wood Line


What: British artist Andy Goldsworthy’s latest sculpture

Where: Presidio. Entering from the Presidio Gate, take a left from Presidio Boulevard to West Pacific Avenue

Details: For more information, visit www.presidio.gov/experiences/goldsworthy.htm

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