Review of Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time (2001)

Moving picture, 90 minutes

Seen in 2017.

Like a quadruple episode of Kobra (2001): One skilled artist theorizing in the manner of a neolithic shaman working with natural materials to make art, unconstrained by objective truth, and not entirely in touch with intuitive networks of association either. At least he knows about the devastating landscape changes wrought by sheep in his native Scotland. He fails quite a bit, but his humility and high morale are infectious, and much of the work is beautiful. I particularly like his stone cones, which he says resemble seeds. They also resemble My Neighbor Totoro (1988). I guess Miyazaki tapped into the same insight.

moving picture non-fiction nature cultural landscape