Iowa, Where the Tall Cairn Grows
We'll uncover layers of meaning from a new sculpture that links Iowa with both coasts. The artist, Andy Goldsworthy of Great Britain, found a way to use Iowa limestone in an egg- or seed-shaped design that he calls a cairn.
His temporary cairns have weathered waves of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, and the waves of weather and fire in a Midwestern prairie near Grinnell.
His permanent sculptures, also made of Iowa limestone, are three interconnected displays standing in Des Moines, New York, and California.
Their central focal point is in Greenwood Park, near the Des Moines Art Center's rose garden. Here, the cairn is surrounded by three empty caves that look like they could have housed all three cairns.