Andy Goldsworthy

Biography of Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy (born 1956) is amongst the most prominent site-specific artists working today. Addressing environmental issues as well as conceptual ones, he creates ephemeral artworks out of natural materials such as snow, ice, stones, leaves and twigs.


Andy Goldsworthy’s sculptures and installations grow, transform and decay organically at the mercy of nature, and are preserved only through the compelling photographs he captures of them before they vanish. Being all that remains, the editioned photographs are crucial element of his oeuvre, which seeks to document the passage of time, and the relationship we have to nature. While Goldsworthy’s transient sculptures experience and reflect upon the gradual loss of beauty, his photographs are testaments to memory, and our connection with the past and present.


Besides a multitude of public commissions and awards, Andy Goldsworthy’s permanent works are featured in public collections across the globe, including the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Storm King Center, NYC, Tate, London, Fukuyama Museum of Art, Hiroshima, The British Council, London, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, L.A., and the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.

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