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.
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.
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 5 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.
If you can't get enough of Goldsworthy, see all four of his Presidio pieces –
Tree Fall, and
Earth Wall – via a three-mile hiking loop. View the map in the
Goldsworthy in the Presidio brochure.
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