Andy Goldsworthy


“I take seriously the responsibility of leaving behind something that will last a long time.”

British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy (b. 1956) wields natural elements: ice, wood, stone, sand, wind to create pieces that call attention to landscapes. He constructs permanent and ephemeral works. The latter to push boundaries through experimentation, the former to create pieces that will endure and change.

In 1989 Goldsworthy constructed a “Wall that Went for a Walk” in his native Cumbria, a serpentine wall that hugs and encloses the landscape. A decade later, he built a similar dry-stone sculpture “Storm King” in New York. The undertaking is captured in Wall.

At its heart, Goldsworthy’s Storm King Wall is a dialogue of stone and wood, how the materials support or destroy each other. It is a study of how walls are grown a piece at at time.

Goldworthy’s body of work, spanning more than 40 years, represents change, support and tension, trails and paths. How landscape changes at our hands and beyond our intentions.

Sculptor Barbara Hepworth once discussed why she was drawn to carving rather than modelling. She preferred work that extracted rather than formed. Goldsworthy’s sculpture – formed by adding piece by careful, considered piece – adds another dimension to this estimable art form.