Yorkshire Sculpture Park
In March 2007, the most ambitious exhibition of Andy Goldsworthy’s career to date was mounted at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield. A month earlier, the huge blocks of sandstone that make up Striding Arches had made the journey from their origin in Locharbriggs Quarry, Dumfriesshire, to Yorkshire, on loan from the Striding Arches Project. At the sculpture park, the arches took their place among some of the most impressive installations that Goldsworthy has created in the thirty years he has worked as a full-time artist. A journalist remarked that ‘sited irregularly’ as they were, the arches truly looked ‘like casual visitors from Scotland, striding past the sculpture park’s galleries.’
‘It is great to have Dumfriesshire represented here,’ said Goldsworthy. ‘Apart from the idea that the journey adds to the sculpture, they will be seen by so many people. Then, when they get back home, people will have to work really hard to see them up on top of the hills’.
Following the nine-month exhibition, the Striding Arches returned to south-west Scotland, to be installed in their pemanent positions on hilltops around Cairnhead, near Moniaive in Dumfriesshire.