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Updated: March 14, 2005

British Artist Andy Goldsworthy Creates Site-Specific Installation for National Gallery of Art's East Building

Andy Goldsworthy, Working Drawing for Roof, 2004, pencil on paper. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Lelong

Andy Goldsworthy, Working Drawing for Roof, 2004
pencil on paper
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Lelong

Washington, DC - British artist Andy Goldsworthy has been commissioned to create a site-specific sculpture for the National Gallery of Art's East Building. The project, Roof, will comprise approximately nine stacked slate, low-profile hollow domes five and a half feet high and 27 feet in diameter, with centered oculi two feet in diameter. The installation will run the length of the ground-level garden area on the north side of the East Building along Pennsylvania Avenue. Goldsworthy selected the domical form, with which he has worked since the late 1970s, as a counterpoint to the many architectural domes in Washington, D.C. The artist, his assistant, and a team of five British wallers will begin installing the work on November 29, 2004, pause for the holidays, and return to finish by the beginning of February 2005.

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