Tree Fall is Andy Goldsworthy's third Presidio art installation and the first one to be created indoors. Its backdrop is the historic Powder Magazine, constructed on the Main Post during the Civil War. The petite structure protected gun powder and munitions and is made up of four-foot-thick stone walls. The building was used to store the blank rounds for the daily 5 pm evening gun salute until 1994 when the Army departed the post.
Ephemeral, organic, thoughtful. Andy Goldsworthy’s iconic art is famous around the world for interpreting the subtle shifts of place and time. While many of his creations are in far-away places, Goldsworthy has created three stunning and distinct pieces in the Presidio, where people and the environment are constantly influencing each other.
While Spire articulates the space into which trees grow and Wood Line investigates the relationship of a tree to the earth, Tree Fall explores what occurs beneath the ground. The sculpture is comprised of a tree trunk removed as part of the Presidio Parkway project, suspended inside the building so that the sculpture does not touch or alter the historic walls. The trunk and the domed ceiling were covered with clay, also from the Presidio, that dried and cracked into a beautiful organic pattern. The sculpture illustrates the relationship between the natural and built environments.
Tree Fall Hours:
The public is invited to docent-led tours on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm (no reservations required). Tree Fall is also open weekdays by appointment. Call (415) 561-5300.