Suspected arson damages Andy Goldsworthys Spire in San Franciscos Presidio park

Spire (2008) by Andy Goldsworthy in San Francisco's Presidio national park © Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthys towering Spire sculpture in San Franciscos Presidio national park was severely damaged in a suspected arson during the early hours of Tuesday morning. The 100ft-tall work, built from the trunks of 37 Monterey cypress trees and installed in 2008, is structurally sound according to Haines Gallery, which represents the artist, but forestry crews will determine if the piece can remain in place.

"The burning of Spire goes too deep for my own words,” Goldsworthy says in a statement released by Haines Gallery. “Besides, Spire has always spoken for itself and will perhaps now speak with an even greater eloquence after what has happened. If anything, its epitaph will be better written in the memories, thoughts and words of those who have lived with it over the past twelve years.”

Spire was created using trees cut down as part of a major reforestation effort, and the was meant to be engulfed by the new saplings planted around it. “An iconic and inspiring presence in the landscape, Spire became a symbol that speaks to the past, present, and future of its site, a beloved destination for so many visitors, and an emblem of what art can bring to our national parks,” Cheryl Haines says. Goldsworthy later created 3 more works for the park, making the Presidio the largest public collection of his art in North America.

“I find the damage to Spire due to fire particularly distressing during our present moment, at a time when we are collectively finding solace in nature,” Haines adds. “Though this monumental work was intended to have a life span and ultimately be overtaken by the forest, its story should not end like this.”

City officials say the blaze, which was contained by fire fighters to a one-acre area, is still under investigation, and Battalion Chief Glenn Kircher told The San Francisco Chronicle that he doubted tRead More – Source