In the mid 1980s, the work of Andy Goldsworthy started to attract attention and he was invited to become the University of Warwick's first artist in residence in 1986, to celebrate the opening of the Mead Gallery.
Andy Goldsworthy travels to make sculptures in different environments from the natural materials that he finds there and nothing else. At Warwick he was attracted to the lakes and used debris to make this sculpture which survives in the form of this photograph.
An entry in his notebook about this work reads: "Bullrush debris - blown to one side of the lake made an opening - laid stalks around its edge. Grey, overcast, damp."