Located inside the Presidio Officers' Club, Earth Wall
is Andy Goldsworthy's fourth and most recent Presidio installation. It was completed in 2014, just as the renovation of the park's oldest building was drawing to a close. Earth Wall
offers a nod to the ongoing archeology digs near the Presidio Officers' Club as well as to the gradual revitalization of the park's aging man-made forest, visible just above the courtyard wall where the sculpture is located.
Like nearby Tree Fall
, Earth Wall
asks viewers to think about what separates "nature" from "built." In Goldsworthy's signature style, he made Earth Wall
with materials found on site. The sculpture's six foot wide sphere was shaped using naturally curved Presidio eucalyptus branches. Clay taken from the courtyard during the club's renovation was used to bury the sculpture within a rammed earth wall. Goldsworthy then partially dug out the sphere, evoking the sense of discovery that accompanies archaeology research at the Presidio.Visit Earth Wall
A visit to Earth Wall
is a "can't miss" experience during a day at the club, where you can also enjoy lunch at Arguello
restaurant and Presidio Heritage Gallery exhibits.
Earth Wall is open to the public during the Presidio Officers' Club hours of operation:
Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 am to 6 pm
Docent-led tours of Earth Wall are offered every Saturday at noon, beginning at the Presidio Officers' Club Welcome Desk. No registration is required. You can also pick up a photo booklet about Earth Wall at the Welcome Desk.