Design Open Mic: Artist Goldsworthy's PM Jacob Ehrenberg on 'Fertile Boulders'

Design Open Mic: Artist Goldsworthy's PM Jacob Ehrenberg on 'Fertile Boulders'

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Feb 16, 2012
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Jacob Ehrenberg is Andy Goldsworthy's project manager. He joined us at our weekly Design Open Mic on February 8, 2012 to tell us about a job that comes with its own set of challenges - especially as Goldsworthy's work gets more ambitious and incorporates some...intriguingly specialized consultants. Jacob unfurled a tale of struggle and success on the Museum of Jewish Heritage's Garden of Stones.

"Hope and life can come out of the most extreme circumstances," said Goldsworthy, who drew up plans of trees growing out of stones. As with any ambitious project, it included:

Sourcing boulders
"In Connecticut and New York...people wanted $500 a ton. While folks in Vermont were psyched to get them out of their fields...."

Hollowing boulders
"We tried drilling, coring, some things didn't work so well. I found a stone worker in northern Vermont, named Monty, who has this torch...."

Planting boulders
"Holocaust survivors planted the trees. It was an amazing experience for them...."

Well, we'll let Jacob tell it: