Andy Goldsworthy, and his class made several field trips to Storm King Art Center, where you can see a beautiful stone wall that he designed. With his use of natural materials in mind, the boys and I spent some time making little sculptures of our own with our acorns and snail shells, both of which were in abundance.
We also foraged very carefully in the gravel around the gardens for stones that had white lines in them, with which we created this little beauty:
Michael added the little stone in the center that had a perfect little circle on it, as a finishing touch. Like many of Goldsworthy's sculptures, ours were impermanent, and dismantled as part of the clean up we did before heading home to England.
The hurricane that hit the east coast while we were here rattled me, and I spent a somewhat sleepless night on Tuesday, six hours ahead of my family and in bed when the worst of the winds came, worrying for everyone's safety. The feeling of how fragile things are under nature's powerful forces hit me hard.
Fortunately my friends and family are all safe and sound, but I know that many others were not so lucky. To those families who are still picking up the pieces, we send our thoughts and prayers that life as you knew it before Sandy came will soon return to the way it was.