Rainbow splash
hit water with heavy stick
bright, sunny, windy
River Wharfe, Yorkshire
22 [23?] December 1980

© Andy Goldsworthy
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[In the 1985 publication 'Rain', the date of this work is given as 23 December 1980. In his first unillustrated sketchbook, AG records a rainbow-making day on 22 December 1980. These both conflict with the slide cabinet, where it is listed as the 23rd work of 1981.]

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Work completed and recorded 22nd December 1980.
Work entered in slide cabinet as January 1981.


River Wharfe, Yorkshire, UK.


AGA: S/Bk_001, no illus.
Rain (1985), col. illus., p. 17 [the date given as December 23 1980]

Listed in Clive Adams, Hand to Earth (1990), p. 173, as no. 52, presented as one of a group of four ‘Rainbow making’ works:
Ilkley Moor, Yorkshire / 28 October 1980;
River Wharfe, Yorkshire / 13 November 1980;
River Wharfe, Yorkshire / 23 December 1980;
River Lune, Lancashire / April 1981


Colour 35mm slide;
Film: Kodachrome 64;
AGA location: 81/Jan/B;
No. of images: 1/26 [Others: S/C; 81/Jan/B/C; P/1980/248];
Archival Disk: 1981_001