Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time

DVD Release: September 28, 2004
Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time


In the timeless tradition of “Winged Migration” and “Koyaanisqatsi,” the theatrical phenomenon “Rivers and Tides” depicts the magical relationship between art and nature, while painting a visually intoxicating portrait of famed artist Andy Goldsworthy. Gorgeously shot and masterfully edited, the film follows the bohemian free spirit Goldsworthy all over the world as he demonstrates and opens up about his unique creative process. From his long-winding rock walls and icicle sculptures, to his interlocking leaf chains and multicolored pools of flowers, Goldsworthy’s painstakingly intricate masterpieces are made entirely of materials found in Mother Nature — who threatens and often succeeds in destroying his artwork, sometimes before it is even finished.
With more than 10 four-star reviews from the nation’s top critics, “Rivers and Tides” serenely captures Goldsworthy in the midst of constructing his trademark ephemera on-camera and creates a mesmerizing cinematic experience that helps us to appreciate nature in new and enchanting ways.

Dove Review

Andy Goldsworthy is an artist of nature. He creates sculpture from materials he finds outside, such as driftwood, stones or flowers. His work is amazing. Before the tide comes in, along a river bed, as it rains, or even as the seasons change, Andy’s work changes as nature takes its course, and he alters the look of each of his artistic pieces. He always takes photos to show how his work evolves. You will watch as a leaf snake travels down a river, the tide overtakes a cone-shaped statue he makes out of stones, the sun changes the look of his art on land, and like a river, the wall of stone he creates weaves in and out around the trees. Goldsworthy also describes his thoughts and reasons for the art.

The film also looks into life and family of this creative man and how he uses the materials around him in the process of creating his art. You’ll be drawn in to the fascination of one man’s imagination as it comes to life and then changes direction, as well as the thought process he goes through regarding his art and the peace he finds in his solitude when he works.

This documentary is a lesson in family, patience, creativity and nature. Join Andy Goldsworthy and captivate your senses with this film all about his amazing art work. The Dove Foundation awards “Rivers and Tides” the Family Approved Seal for ages 12 and up.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: none
Language: none
Violence: none
Drugs: none
Nudity: none
Other: Birth of a lamb, discussion regarding the death of a sibling


Company: Cinedigm
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 90 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe