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These photographs portray shifting rays of sunlight as it filters through a canopy of trees to reveal patterns of light and shadow as the day progresses. In his diary entry for October 16, 2004 he reflects:
The works I have made here have, I feel, understood the changing light that passes through this place. They have succeeded because they have worked with a specific time, place, and material—a meeting of light and form which I have never achieved in similar conditions before. I have been allowed a new way of looking.
The fragile works Goldsworthy made on Government Island have been blown away or washed off their stone supports by rain. The photographic suite and diary are among the only remaining impressions of Goldsworthy’s time on the island. Roof (made possible by the Patron's Permanent Fund of the National Gallery of Art) is the second phase of this two-part project.