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Andy Goldsworthy was born in Cheshire in 1956 he was brought up in Yorkshire.

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Andy Goldsworthy was born in Cheshire in 1956 he was brought up in Yorkshire. Goldsworthy studied at Bradford College of Art in 1974- 75 then going onto Preston Polytechnic from 1975-78. Goldsworthy then left college and went on to live in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria. He then moved over the border to Langholm, Dumfriesshire, in 1985 and to Penpont one year later. When Goldsworthy was a teenager, living on the outskirts of Leeds, he began to explore the patterns of nature by arranging building blocks in unexpected ways. Throughout Goldsworthy's career, most of his work has been made in the open air, in places such as the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District and the North of Canada. ...read more.


He puts nature in art and art in nature by including boulders and trees. Sometimes he makes his art play with nature by making it hang from trees. Some of his designs use light and shadow. All have an effect around the area where his finished sculptures are placed. An example of his work is when he gathered coloured leaves and 'thorned' them to a supporting branch creating a subtle rainbow. We realize that leaves are more than green, yellow, red and brown. The different colours, remind us how the sun creates the leaves and the life. Goldsworthy is constantly reminding people to look, recognise and realize the connections between life, nature and the elements. ...read more.


Each publication is a work of art in its own right. Goldsworthy is a wonderful role model for children particularly because of the sensitivity to nature and the environment. He rarely uses living plant materials in his sculptures, and does not intend his art to last as long as the materials themselves. For example ice sculptures are allowed to melt, leaves to fall from their thorn supports and twigs to fall as they would naturally. Goldsworthy has many important statements here are some of them: "Movement, change, light, growth and decay are the lifeblood of nature when I work with a leaf, rock, stick, it is not just the material itself, it is an opening into the processes of life within and around it. When I leave it, these processes continue." "Some of my sculptures last days or seconds. The importance lies in the making of the piece." "Hand to Earth." ...read more.

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