Just watched a fantastic dvd called Rivers and Tides about the work of Andy Goldsworthy and this is small extract of the film which is on you tube. He has made various structures and then recorded the interaction with the incoming tide, in this piece which is made from drift wood his work drifts away. There was another piece in which he had built a cone of flattish stones, and recorded the rising tide slowly engulfing the structure, what I found most beautiful and moving was watching the structure then slowly reappear as the tide washed out, reborn by the sea.
The word ephemeral seems to crop up in all descriptions of Goldsworthy’s work. They have quality of interaction with nature, using what is found close by, and make conversation with their surroundings, and mostly all that is left is a series of photographs.