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Stone Sea

Andy Goldsworthy, English, born 1956
Missouri limestone
Associated with
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, North and Central America
Current Location
On View, Outdoor, Courtyard
courtyard: 12 ft. x 73 ft. x 20 ft.
Credit Line
Commissioned by the Saint Louis Art Museum, Director’s Discretionary Fund, and funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Andrew C. Taylor, Paul M. Arenberg Family, James G. and Catherine B. Berges, Mr. and Mrs. F. Gilbert Bickel III, Alison and John Ferring, Roxanne H. Frank, Nancy and Kenneth Kranzberg, Mr. and Mrs. John Peters MacCarthy, Pam and Greg Trapp, Anabeth and John Weil, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Wolff, an anonymous donor, Mr. and Mrs. William C. Rusnack, Mr. and Mrs. David C. Farrell, Jane S. Shapleigh, Hope and Julian Edison, Eleanor J. Moore, Terry Moore Shepley, the Paul and Elissa Cahn Foundation, Mrs. Barbara S. Eagleton, Marcia Jeanne Hart, Bettie S. Johnson, Kodner Gallery, Jim and Dorte Probstein, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Judge and Mrs. Charles A. Shaw, Susan and David Sherman III, Mary Ann and Andrew Srenco, the Third Wednesday Group, Keith H. Williamson, Jerome F. and Judith Weiss Levy, Helen Kornblum; and gift of Paul and Elissa Cahn and bequest of Guy A. Thompson, by exchange
© Andy Goldsworthy 2012. Photography by Scott Smith.
Object Number
Andy Goldsworthy drew inspiration from St. Louis geology and the city's underlying bedrock of limestone, formed in prehistoric times when the Midwest was covered by sea. Using limestone from a local quarry, Goldsworthy constructed twenty-five unique arches employing ancient Roman dry stone engineering. This dense network of stone arches each measure about ten feet high and weigh 300 tons in total.
Saint Louis Art Museum, commissioned from the artist through Galerie Lelong [1]

[1] Made in situ at the Saint Louis Art Museum, fall 2012. Agreement signed March 15, 2011 by and betweeen the Saint Louis Art Museum and Andy Goldsworthy [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, September 24, 2010.
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