Andy Goldsworthy is a british sculptor who constructs his sculptures out of the natural world. He lives and works in Scotland but has produced work all around the world. His sculptures have been made out of natural items such as icicles, stone, pinecones, flowers, thorns, twigs, snow, mud, leaves and the list goes on. His tools for sculpting are his hands, his teeth and any other natural tools in the vicinity that can be of use. Once his sculpture is completed he photographs it, making him a photographer in the process.  These photos are the only physical form of art he has left for he lets the original piece come and go with the tides, as the earth sweeps it away back to a natural state.  He’s said that his art takes on a cycle, it grows, stays, and decays, and the photo offers the moment when his sculpture is most alive.

He does not use any man-made adhesives or anything manufactured to aid him in his sculpting. While constructing his icicle sculptures he has been known to lick the ends to make them stick, but that falls into the realm of one of his many natural tools. There have been a few cases when he has worked along side men wielding machine tools for masonry work, like in his piece entitled “Roof”. Another instance was when he was commissioned to do a piece for the De Young Museum in San Francisco, CA, in which he used a hammer to crack limestone into fragments to signify the effects of earthquakes in that area.

Goldsworthy deals with among the rawest forms of art, and it is not an easy task, as this form of constructing out of natural materials has not been done much as a form of artistic expression. His art is his life, and the result is a man that has a rich affair with the cycles of nature.Andy Goldsworthy does not always have an idea set in mind, in fact most of the time it is the opposite. He prefers to work in rhythm with the seasons and play with the cards each one deals to him. If it is snowing out then he will do a piece with snow. If the leaves are falling particularly heavy one day then his sculpture will include these leaves. Goldsworthy’s ideas must and do fit the mood of the weather so much that if there is a change in the weather pattern when he is working, then he believes that his sculpture will fail, and furthering it to any resolution will not succeed in his eyes.

Here is a link to his website which shows his art as well as his personal philosophies on why and how he does what he does.

Brendon Hall


2 responses »

  1. Bianca Pol says:

    “He’s said that his art takes on a cycle, it grows, stays, and decays, and the photo offers the moment when his sculpture is most alive.” what a great statement. Love the rock and the snow sculptures.

  2. Daniel Hanks says:

    I like that the artist has the philosophy section on his website to explain his ideas behind what he does. An interesting insight into land art.

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