• Christine Stevens

Rogue Leaves Form Andy Goldsworthy-esque Installation without Any Help from Andy Goldsworthy

Updated: Jul 22, 2021

Hadley, MA: In an audacious display of nature behaving exactly like nature, a group of autumn leaves have formed themselves into a pattern reminiscent of artist Andy Goldsworthy’s site specific land art.

The arrangement, placed adjacent to a local tree-shrouded bike path, consists of a long chain of exclusively red maple leaves connected to another long chain of exclusively yellow maple leaves.

When asked how they came to create this piece, Lead Leaf Leif Leavey said “Well it being late October and all, a couple of us red maples were still hanging on for dear life when a good stiff wind came up from the Connecticut (river) and blew us all onto the ground in a straight but connected line. The ground was damp and muddy, so we stuck there. A few moments later, a bunch of yellow maple leaves landed right behind us in a similar formation. We were all like ‘whaaaat?’ and we kinda laughed because I mean, what are the chances? Then Lance the last leaf piped up and said ‘about one in 3,497,812.’ Total probability nerd, that Lance.”

Legal action has been initiated by the artist. At a press conference, Austin Feck, attorney for Mr. Goldsworthy released the following statement: “This shoddy imitation of Mr. Goldsworthy’s seminal piece “Autumn Ephemera” created on October 28, 2013 in Dankingdolt Wood, Piddleton-on-Wee in West Shropshire, UK and lasting exactly 24 minutes and 13 seconds is a blatant copyright infringement, and these leaves will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law if they do not dismantle this installation immediately.”

A Cease and Desist Order was delivered to the leaves but by the time it arrived, they had scattered.

by Christine Stevens

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