It would not be an exaggeration to call Thomas Riedelsheimer's visually stunning Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time a meditation rather than a documentary. This gorgeous and fascinating portrait of an artist at work is nothing short of art in its own right.Andy Goldsworthy's paints and palettes are elements of nature, from which he creates living -- and dying -- art:
Painstakingly working with his teeth and frozen fingers on shards of icicles, he fashions an elegant spiral whose grace moment, and demise, are imparted by the sun shining upon it.
Working against a light breeze, he assembles a fragile mobile of twigs, which he hangs from the branch of a tree. As he adds one last twig, the structure collapses against his outstretched hand.
A graceful daisy-chain of leaves languidly floating down a river, and a raft of branches bobbing on a sea, take on different but equally elegant and beautiful art-forms as their shapes disintegrate.Rivers and Tides is a lesson in patience and perseverance, certainly, but most especially, for me, it was a lesson on living and dying, a reminder that when everything in the world is transitory, some of the greatest beauty and joy in life can be derived from the most ephemeral.