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Andy Goldsworthy is an extraordinary, innovative British artist whose collaborations with nature produce uniquely personal and intense artworks.

Balanced Rock Misty

Balanced Rock Misty

Large fallen oak tree used leaves with branches still attached for supporting structure inside ball

Twigs

Books held in the Library

730.92GOL

DVD 730.92

"Rivers and tides Andy Goldsworthy working with time"

The Task

While on camp at YJ, you will create an Environmental Sculpture

Answer the following questions.

 

Andy Goldsworthy is an environmental Sculptor.

What does a sculptor do? 

 

He uses the natural surroundings to create an artwork or art form.

What is an artwork/art form?  

 

He explores and experiments with various natural materials such as leaves, grasses, stones, wood, sand, clay, ice and snow. He uses photographs to document his work.

What do you think happens to his artwork over time?

 

Biography

Andy Goldsworthy is an extraordinary, innovative British artist whose collaborations with nature produce uniquely personal and intense artworks. Using a seemingly endless range of natural materials—snow, ice, leaves, bark, rock, clay, stones, feathers petals, twigs—he creates outdoor sculpture that manifests, however fleeting, a sympathetic contact with the natural world. Before they disappear, or as they disappear, Goldsworthy, records his work in suburb color photographs.

Goldsworthy deliberately explores the tension of working in the area where he finds his materials, and is undeterred by changes by changes in the weather which may melt a spectacular ice arch or wash away a delicate structure of grasses. The intention is not to “make his mark” on the landscape, but rather to work with it instinctively, so that a delicate scene of bamboo or massive snow rings or a circle of leaves floating in a pool create a new perception and an ever growing understanding of the land.

Born in 1956 in Cheshire, England
Raised in Yorkshire, England

Works by Andy

Andy Goldsworthy

Colourful Ideas

Andy's beliefs

“ I enjoy the freedom of just using my hands and “found” tools – a sharp stone, the quill of a feather, thorns. I take the opportunities each day offers: if it is snowing, I work with snow, at leaf-fall it will be the leaves; a blown over tree becomes a source of twigs and branches. I stop at a place or pick up a material because I feel that there is something to be discovered. Here is where I can learn.”