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Andy Goldsworthy: Walking Wall

Andy Goldsworthy: Walking Wall

Artist Andy Goldsworthy and his crew are back in Kansas City, and the wall is walking, from now until July 24.

The wall will also “move” on these approximate dates:
September 9 to 18
November 11 to 20

Visitors can now find Walking Wall on the north side of the Bloch Building, where it winds its way south. It can be viewed outside and also from Quay Coffee and the street-level windows inside the Bloch Building.

Goldsworthy’s project at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art fulfills his long-held vision to build a stone wall that moves across the landscape. He and his crew are working in five stages to hand build the wall, then unbuild it and move it stone by stone across the museum landscape.

The first stage was completed in March on land east of the museum. The second phase crossed Rockhill Road and moved up the hill onto the museum campus, where it is now resting.

Walking Wall was commissioned by the Hall Family Foundation in honor of Morton and Estelle Sosland.


Walking Wall workers

Walking Wall work

Goldsworthy’s artistic concept for the Nelson-Atkins project is expressed by a poem called Wall by the late Norman Nicholson, which reads, in part:

A wall walks slowly,
At each give of the ground,
Each creak of the rock’s ribs,
It puts its foot gingerly,
Arches its hog-holes,
Lets cobble and knee-joint
Settle and grip.
As the slipping fellside
Erodes and drifts,
The wall shifts with it,
Is always on the move.

They built a wall slowly,
A day a week;
Built it to stand.
But not stand still.
They built a wall to walk.

Andy Goldsworthy, Walking Wall, 2019, field stone, dimensions variable. Gift of the Hall Family Foundation in honor of Estelle and Morton Sosland, © 2019 Andy Goldsworthy.


Sunday: 10 am - 5 PM
Monday: 10 am - 5 PM
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 9 PM
Friday: 10 AM - 9 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM

Location: Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park