Tickets are now on sale at Laughing Oyster and Blue Heron Books for the April 2 showing of “Leaning Into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy” at the Stan Hagen Theatre. This 2018 documentary by Thomas Riedelsheimer about British landscape artist, sculptor, and photographer delves into the artist’s creative process, while illuminating the way photography captures the fleeting nature of reality.

Andy Goldsworthy’s 1990 book A Collaboration with Nature and the 2001 film Rivers and Tides caught the imagination of many. Goldsworthy's projects result from a rigorous interaction with the materials and the conditions that he encounters wherever he is. For Goldsworthy, nature does not stop at the city or with people. Each project subjects his ideas about the work to the brute facts of natural forces: sunlight, sedimentation, tides, erosion, extremes of heat and cold, and growth and decay. Compelling and thought provoking, the hard-won simplicity of each project is underscored by a complex thought-and-construction process.

The film is the perfect choice for the McLoughlin Gardens second annual spring fundraiser. The Gardens, located at the Brian and Sarah McLoughlin Park on Tasman Road in Merville, were developed by landscape artist and master gardener, Sarah McLoughlin over nearly 40 years. Her plantings of native and non-native species along the winding road to the beach are well-established, surprising and delighting visitors in every season. Through trial and error, working with the conditions of the north-facing slope and sandy soil, Sarah developed her vision. “The landscape is my canvas,” Sarah often said, when asked if she were still painting. 

In “Leaning Into the Wind” we see how sculptor Goldsworthy discovers the potential for ephemeral art as well as more permanent structures in the landscape or the cityscape. We are sure to come away inspired to appreciate moments in our own lives as fleeting works of art. 

Tickets are $15, also available on Eventbrite. All funds raised at this event will go towards the summer residency with playwright Marcus Youssef. For more about the McLoughlin Gardens, please visit mcloughlingardens.org.