A 1,500-foot-long, sinuous wave of cut stone, Andy Goldsworthy’s Road Line travels from the Eden Street sidewalk nearly to Frenchman Bay. The sculpture is made from curbstone cut to Department of Transportation regulations, measuring 24” tall x 6” tall x 5” wide, and is Goldsworthy’s first permanent installation in the State of Maine. 

“Road Line will begin to appear as art after deviating from the straight and narrow path of the Eden Street curb,” Goldsworthy says. The work is meant to resonate with COA students who will also travel through the college on their own journeys, he says, and wherever their lives take them after graduation, curbstones will always remind them of their time in Maine.

Granite has long historical resonance in the Northeast US, where Goldsworthy has actively worked with the still-thriving granite industry. He draws inspiration for Road Line from the heritage of granite curbstones that edge many of the roadways in East Coast towns and cities.

Goldsworthy broke ground on the sculpture with a test run during spring term 2023, and continued work on the project in July. Devin Connor ’12 served as the chief mason on the project.

How to see Road Line

The College of the Atlantic campus is open to visitors, and those interested in exploring Road Line are encouraged to do so. 

Road Line at the COA 2023 Summer Institute

In addition to his time on campus for the installation, Andy Goldsworthy participated in the COA Summer Institute: Reimagining Exploration, held in collaboration with The National Geographic Society (July 31-August 4 on campus and online). Goldsworthy and Courtney J. Martin, the Paul Mellon Director of the Yale Center for British Art, took up Exploring the Natural/Cultural Divide through Art. Watch now!

More about Andy Goldsworthy

In a diverse career spanning four decades, Andy Goldsworthy has become one of the most prominent and iconic contemporary sculptors. Goldsworthy documents his explorations of the effects of time, the relationship between humans and their natural surroundings, and the beauty in loss and regeneration in photographs, sculptures, installations, and films.

“Road Line is a water moccasin crossing a quick-flowing river—graceful, strong, and in its element.”
~ Andy Goldsworthy ~

Recent permanent site-specific installations by Goldsworthy include: Walking Wall, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Watershed, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum; Stone Sea, Saint Louis Art Museum; Chaumont Cairn, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire; Path and Rising Stone, Albright Knox Art Gallery; and Wood Line, Presidio of San Francisco. Goldsworthy is currently working on Hanging Stones in North York Moors, UK. In this ongoing project, 10 existing buildings, all in varying states of disrepair, have been or will be rebuilt as artworks and connected by a six-mile walk encompassing Northdale, near
Rosedale Abbey.

Other permanent works can be seen at the National Gallery of Art, de Young Museum, Museum of Jewish Heritage, Storm King Art Center, Stanford University, and Haute Provence Geological Reserve, among numerous other sites. The Yorkshire has presented major solo exhibitions of Goldsworthy’s work in Sculpture Park, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Neuberger Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, and Des Moines Art Center.

Visit Andy Goldsworthy’s website to learn more about his work.

About College of the Atlantic

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