Andy Goldsworthy, one of the world’s most celebrated site-specific artists, created four magnificent installations in the Presidio. All four pieces make use of trees felled as part of the Presidio’s reforestation efforts. While I am not much of an art critic, to me these pieces emphasize the relationship between the natural and the built environment. Like most of Goldsworthy’s work, these pieces are ephemeral. Overtime they will decay and return to the earth.
My favorite part about these pieces is that there are so many ways to experience them. I like taking my son to play around Spire and Wood Line. I went on a date/hike with my wife (had drinks at Arguello). I went on a jog with my sister-in-law. I visited all of them by bike with my friend Dan. Sometimes, during sunset, I go to Wood Line to meditate. But regardless of how I get there or who I am with, I feel incredibly grateful to live in San Francisco every time i visit them.
What you need to know
- Spire and Wood Line are accessible to the public every day.
- Earth Wall is located inside the Presidio Officers’ Club at 50 Moraga Avenue. The piece is over by the restaurant. It is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 am to 6 pm.
- Tree Fall, my favorite piece, is located inside the historic Powder Magazine at 95 Anza Avenue. It is hard to find and it isonly open Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am to 4 pm, and weekdays by appointment. Call (415) 561-2767.
- The walk to see all four pieces is approximately 3 miles. See map below.
Click on map to download official brochure.
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