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Andy Goldsworthy, OBE (26 July 1956 – ?) is a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist producing site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings. Many of his sculptures take on geometric qualities, with some mimicking spirals, circles, spires, etc. Because many of Goldsworthy’s works are created using materials such as brightly-coloured flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pinecones, snow, stone, twigs, and thorns, and other ephemeral materials, photography is essential to his process. According to Goldsworthy, “Each work grows, stays, decays – integral parts of a cycle which the photograph shows at its heights, marking the moment when the work is most alive. There is an intensity about a work at its peak that I hope is expressed in the image. Process and decay are implicit.”

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” (Petworth, West Sussex, 2002) 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)

“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 with 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.” — Andy Goldsworthy

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