In January 2003 British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy was invited to create a work of art for the National Gallery of Art, Washington. The project began with a series of ephemeral works on Government Island in Stafford County, Virginia. From this phase a series of photographic suites and a diary remain. The second phase of the project resulted in Roof, a site-specific sculpture comprising nine stacked-slate domes installed in the East Building of the Gallery by Goldsworthy, his assistant, and a group of British drystone wallers in the winter of 2004/2005.
This is the most substantial scholarly volume devoted to Andy Goldsworthy's work in twenty years and the first to underscore the permanent oeuvre of the artist. The book traces the development of Goldsworthy’s project at the Gallery from conception to completion and situates the artist’s sculpture and practice within an age-long tradition of structures. It features the only fully illustrated catalogue documenting Goldsworthy’s commissioned installations — more than 120 works dating from 1984 to 2008 and spanning three continents.
Combining thorough documentation, in-depth analysis, and contextual scholarship within a visually rich format, The Andy Goldsworthy Project is a landmark publication on the artist.