The 101 Project 006/101 – Andy Goldsworthy

Over the last few months, 5 more 101 project boards have been completed but I am just getting the chance to catch up with the accompanying posts here on ‘creating creativity’. With more than 4000 pins and 87 boards started, the 101 project is getting pretty exciting, do keep in touch with it by following the boards HERE.

The 6th completed board of 101 pins showcases the work of sculptor and environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy.

Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy, OBE (born 26 July 1956) is a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist producing site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings. He lives and works in Scotland. The materials used in Andy Goldsworthy’s art often include brightly coloured flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pinecones, snow, stone, twigs, and thorns. He has been quoted as saying, “I think it’s incredibly brave to be working with flowers and leaves and petals. But I have to: I can’t edit the materials I work with. My remit is to work with nature as a whole.” Goldsworthy is generally considered the founder of modern rock balancing. For his ephemeral works, Goldsworthy often uses only his bare hands, teeth, and found tools to prepare and arrange the materials; however, for his permanent sculptures like “Roof”, “Stone River” and “Three Cairns”, “Moonlit Path” and “Chalk Stones” in the South Downs, near West Dean, West Sussex he has also employed the use of machine tools. To create “Roof”, Goldsworthy worked with his assistant and five British dry-stone wallers, who were used to make sure the structure could withstand time and nature. (Wikipedia)

Goldsworthy is pretty much the godfather of modern environmental art with pieces and fans all over the world. I particularly love his work that is just for a short season such as his work with leaves that will fade or die with time. There is something very exciting about creating works of art that are time sensitive – there’s something about living in the moment and having to be in a particular place to experience the work for yourself. Thank goodness for photographs or much of this amazing man’s work would be lost to the elements.

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