Whether working with feathers, twigs, trees, rocks, leaves or even ice Andy Goldsworthy’s land art is a sight to behold. Using only the materials around him he creates outdoor sculptures that are intimately connected to their natural settings, albeit temporarily (some only last for a matter of hours). By directly participating with the environment through his work, Goldsworthy captures everything from movement, light, growth and decay – showing the true complexity of the natural world and its endless flow of energy. He aims not to leave a permanent mark, but instead to gain a better understanding of nature’s intricate workings through connecting with it personally.
Due to their transient nature, Goldsworthy takes photographs of his works throughout the creation process to give a feeling of permanence. These photographs depict the life-cycle of his pieces, concentrating on the point when they feel most ‘alive’ – before the wind, rain or natural decay destroys them. The works are intense and strong while also being incredibly intricate and delicate. Through his art we discover, we learn and we appreciate the ever-changing, complex environment that surrounds us. He succeeds in making us look at the natural world through a different lens, to understand its energy, power and simply its stunning beauty.
Goldsworthy has completed projects all over the world from Japan, to the Australian Outback and the United Kingdom. A few of Komai’s favourite are his ‘Knotweed Stalks’ in the morning light at Derwent Water Cumbria, his ‘Frozen Patch of Snow’ also in Cumbria and his ‘Green Leaves’ (all pictured). Take a look at his website to see more of his works and watch the trailer for his documentary “Rivers and Tides” here.