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" (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.
In our lesson we shows many of his photographs capturing the optimium moment in nature.
Andy Goldsworthy also creates large, stone sculpture in natural settings, but we focused on his collage using items he found in nature and his photographic timing of these collages. We brought in tons of materials from our gardens and trails and let the students create their picture. They would work and rework the materials until it was a their "optimum moment." Then, they'd ask for a photograph since the items wouldn't transport well. We printed and matted a photo of their artt for each one of them. They LOVED it. It was easy and can be done anywhere in nature with a camera.
Andy Goldworthy's Rivers and Tides Trailer: