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Andy Goldsworthy

(b. 1956)

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(b Sale Moor, Cheshire, 25 July 1956).

British sculptor and Land artist. He works mainly with found natural materials such as leaves, pebbles, twigs, and even snow and ice, typically using no tools other than objects that come easily to hand. Many of his sculptures are inherently short-lived and are recorded by him in colour photographs, which have been acquired by many public collections. He says that ‘each work grows, stays, decays—integral parts of a cycle which the photograph shows at its height, marking the moment when it is most alive. There is an intensity about a work at its peak which I hope is expressed in the image. Process and decay are implicit.’ In addition to his transient sculptures, Goldsworthy has produced more permanent pieces, including two large earthworks in County Durham, and he has published several books documenting his output. He was born in Cheshire, grew up in Yorkshire, and has spent much of his life in Scotland, but he works internationally, his projects taking him to Japan and the Canadian Arctic for example.

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