So often we turn to science to help us interpret the natural world, but what place does art have in our understanding? When a remarkable innovator gets involved, art can teach us about nature?
The artist Andy Goldsworthy creates art from the environment. His work spans the vast range of nature’s mediums from stone, to wood, to water, to ice, to leaves.
The forms he creates tell a story about our interaction with landscape, and our place in nature. In using the natural world as his inspiration, his canvas, and his materials, he makes us look at our surroundings with new eyes.
We being with a brief overview of Andy Goldsworthy’s work, and a look at incredible installation he created for the de Young Museum in San Francisco.
Goldsworthy’s work is very much about working with the nature of his materials.
In this next project, he uses two materials we are all familiar with, earth and wood, to create something unexpected, and in some ways challenging to our eye.
The way he learns from his media as he works with them is a particularly fascinating part of this installation process.
At the very beginning of that last video, he mentions several projects, Spire, Line, and Tree Fall. These projects were all a series of installations to celebrate the Presidio’s forest in San Francisco.
Each one of the pieces in this collection is awe-inspiring, but there is one that literally stands above the rest.
Spire, is a monumental piece that rises 90 feet into the air and is constructed from 37 cypress tree trunks. Its base it is 15 feet in diameter and is anchored 12 feet beneath the ground.
Yet somehow, in all this monumentality, it rises gracefully into the sky, a marriage of human creativity and nature’s beautiful forms.
This was, and you can imagine, quite a feat to build.
Andy Goldsworthy in nature…
It’s important to note that much of Andy Goldsworthy’s work has an element of impermanence to it. He very often works within nature, away from the eyes of the public.
Watching this artist work is truly magnificent. So, we leave you today with Andy in his natural environment creating art in the wilderness…
If you have a moment just go search Google Images for Andy Goldsworthy. His work is jaw-dropping and impossible to sum up in one article.
He works with color in leaves and stone, shape in ice and wood, ephemerality with twigs and water.
Perhaps his work is so striking because it takes forms that can only be created by the human hand and places them back in their natural context. We are caught off guard when we stumble upon them because their material suggests they belong there, while their form defies nature.
As we continue to learn more about how the world works through science, perhaps we should also take the time to marvel at its complex wonder.
Stay beautiful & keep laughing!
“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”-Victor Borge
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- “KQED Spark – Andy Goldsworthy.” YouTube. KQED, 10 Sept. 2010. Web. 17 June 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1UpH5-5JJ4>. ↩
- “Andy Goldsworthy’s Earth Wall.” YouTube. Presidiosf, 30 Sept. 2014. Web. 17 June 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I051qmxvDlE>. ↩
- “Andy Goldsworthy: Spire.” YouTube. FOR-SITE Foundation, 14 Dec. 2012. Web. 17 June 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xtjTu7TWuY>. ↩
- “Andy Goldsworthy – Land Art.” YouTube. Zczfilms, 27 Jan. 2012. Web. 17 June 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPDH8yCnlk0>. ↩