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Andy Goldsworthy (born Cheshire, England, 1956) is a British artist and photographer living in Scotland who produces site specific sculpture and land art situated in natural settings. His art involves the use of natural and found objects to create temporary sculptural pieces which both appear naturalistic and create stark contrasts with their surroundings. He works closely with form and color contrasts to produce works that are both striking and ephemeral.
His media often include twigs, thorns, muds, snow, icicles, brightly colored flowers and leaves. For tools he often uses only his bare hands and found tools, although more recent works like the Moonlit Path and Chalk Stones (Petworth, West_Sussex - 2002) have also used heavy machinery.
His work process is both obsessive and opportunistic. He is preoccupied with the inevitable destruction of his sculptures by elemental forces, as was highlighted in the Midsummer Snowballs (Midsummer's Day, 2000 - various locations in London, England) where the destruction of the piece was almost the whole point. He seems to prefer works that exist only extremely briefly or whose continued coherence is highly uncertain. Many of his pieces collapse during construction and he often rebuilds them several times before he is able to photograph them in completion.
The documentary movie Rivers and Tides (2001, by Thomas Riedelsheimer) shows his work in action and some of the pieces he has created.
- Touching North (1989)
- Andy Goldsworthy: A Collaboration with Nature (1990)
- Stone (1994)
- Wood (1996)
- Arch (1999)
- Wall (2000)
- Time (2000)
- Midsummer Snowballs (2001)
- Hand to Earth (2004)
- Passage (2004)
- Cass Sculpture Foundation page on Goldsworthy includes photos of his work
- Andy Goldsworthy: the beauty of creation
- Andy Goldsworthy page at artnet (lots of pictures!)
- Discussion group at Yahoo!, many more links and calendar of events
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