Andy Goldsworthy – sublime and beautiful environmental art 13

Andy Goldwworthy Woven Branch Circular Arch, Dumfrieshire, 1986

Here in New York City, the weather is shifting from hot humid summer, to the cool crisp days of fall (my favorite time of year) and the seasonal cycle of nature prompted me to look at artists who work with natural elements. Born in 1956, Andy Goldsworthy is a British sculptor, photographer, and environmentalist living in Scotland who has created sublime and beautiful works of art made up of only natural materials. Most images below come from the Andy Goldsworthy Digital Catalogue at the University of Glasgow, Crichton Campus, Dumfries, which documents works created from 1976-1986.

Andy gently shapes leaves, snow, ice, twigs, feathers, rocks, and other elements, and blurs the line between natural and man-made beauty. In a 2001 documentary directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer called Rivers and Tides, Goldsworthy discusses how working with nature roots him, and how time away from his work makes him feel rootless. Although the view from my apartment window looks out over a brick and concrete city landscape, Andy’s images are so potent I can practically smell the icy snow, the wet leaves, and the damp earth. If, like me, you can’t get enough of his work, you can browse through literally thousands of his photographs here at sculpture.org.uk.
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Andy Goldsworthy Green Leaves

Andy Goldsworthy Green Leaves

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Andy Goldwworthy Carefully Broken Pebbles Scratched White Scotland 1985

Andy Goldwworthy Carefully Broken Pebbles Scratched White Scotland 1985

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Andy Goldsworthy Partly Stripped Sycamore Twigs Yorkshire April 1972

Andy Goldsworthy Partly Stripped Sycamore Twigs Yorkshire April 1972

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Andy Goldwworthy Bracken, Cumbria 1982

Andy Goldwworthy Bracken, Cumbria 1982

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Andy Goldwworthy Snowball in Trees Yorkshire 1980

Andy Goldwworthy Snowball in Trees Yorkshire 1980

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Andy Goldwworthy Elder Leaf Patch, Cumbria 1983

Andy Goldwworthy Elder Leaf Patch, Cumbria 1983

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Andy Goldsworthy Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Andy Goldsworthy Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Andy Goldwworthy Yellow and Dark Elm Leafwork, Dumfrieshire 1986

Andy Goldwworthy Yellow and Dark Elm Leafwork, Dumfrieshire 1986

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Andy Goldwworthy Woven Branch Circular Arch, Dumfrieshire, 1986

Andy Goldwworthy Woven Branch Circular Arch, Dumfrieshire, 1986

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Andy Goldwworthy Dandelion Flowers Pinned with Thorns, Cumbria 1985

Andy Goldwworthy Dandelion Flowers Pinned with Thorns, Cumbria 1985

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Andy Goldwworthy Feathers from Dead Heron, Cumbria 1982

Andy Goldwworthy Feathers from Dead Heron, Cumbria 1982

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Andy Goldwworthy Grass Stalk Line and Mud Covered Rocks, Cumbria 1984

Andy Goldwworthy Grass Stalk Line and Mud Covered Rocks, Cumbria 1984

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Andy Goldworthy Snow Sculpture

Andy Goldworthy Snow Sculpture

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Andy Goldwworthy Balanced River Stones, Cumbria 1983

Andy Goldwworthy Balanced River Stones, Cumbria 1983

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Andy Goldwworthy Cracked Earth Removed, St. Louis, Missouri, 1986

Andy Goldwworthy Cracked Earth Removed, St. Louis, Missouri, 1986

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Andy Goldwworthy Red Cherry Leaf Patch, Cumbria 1984

Andy Goldwworthy Red Cherry Leaf Patch, Cumbria 1984

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Andy Goldsworthy a scene from Rivers and Tides

Andy Goldsworthy a scene from Rivers and Tides

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Andy Goldwworthy Frozen Patch of Snow (making), Cumbria 1986

Andy Goldwworthy Frozen Patch of Snow (making), Cumbria 1986


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