Andy Goldsworthy

Building Walking Wall

Meet Andy Goldsworthy

Goldsworthy is a British sculptor, photographer, and environmentalist. Many of his projects have been transient in nature, although he captures the moment with photographs. Other projects are meant to be in place for many years, although Goldsworthy has a continual interest in changes to the works due to nature’s effects or the passing of time.


Goldsworthy and his daughter, Holly, document the process, creating photographs and videos as the project continues.

The Flint Hills

The stones for Walking Wall came from the Flint Hills of Kansas. Andy Goldsworthy visited the area last year and said it was one of the most interesting places he had seen in the United States.

Workers looked for weathered stones on the prairie and lifted them onto pallets, which were then transported to Kansas City.

Stage One

Goldsworthy and his crew began the project in March, on land east of the Nelson-Atkins. The crew worked with few tools – wheelbarrows and buckets. The wall is dry-stacked and built without mortar.

Neighbors and visitors warmly welcomed Goldsworthy to Kansas City. He was moved to hear the many stories and connections they shared regarding stone walls in the area.

Stage Two & Beyond

With permission from the city, Rockhill Road was closed for a short time in May to allow the wall to cross the street.

Workers started early in the morning and finished mid-afternoon most days, and visitors often gathered to watch the rhythm of the physical labor.

Stages Three, Four and Five: The wall will continue to move south. By November, it will enter the Bloch Building and will become a permanent work of art at the Nelson-Atkins.