First hole, sand
Southport, Cheshire
July 1977

© Andy Goldsworthy
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I was camping with a friend, Brian Mills, from college at Southport. On the beach, heavy rain had compacted the sand so it formed a crust. I started tunnelling into the side of one of the dunes and as I was digging, fell in. I crawled out and at the top was this little hole, which was so black, and that was the work. I smoothed round the edges with my thumb and made two holes. [AG, Penpont, 05/02/04] [Also referred to in Hand to Earth, 1991, p. 26; Time, 2000, p. 182]

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Work completed and recorded July 1977.


Southport, Cheshire, UK.


Hand to Earth (1991), col. illus., p. 26;
Time (2000), col. illus., p. 182


Colour 35 mm slide;
Film: Kodachrome 64;
AGA location: P;
No. of images: 1/3 [Others: S/C; 77/Jul/A];
Archival Disk: 1977_009