Some sculptors work in clay, others in stone, wood or metal. Icinic British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy sculpts the very earth itself. As a pioneer of environmental art, Planet Earth is his medium, and his creations reflect his profound connection to nature, landscape and geology.
Andy Goldsworthy: Projects (Abrams; September 19, 2017; $85.00) is a brilliant and beautifully produced book that presents more than 40 of the artist’s recent large-scale sculptural works from around the world. Using local materials, Goldsworthy’s projects are inspired by and interact with the natural landscape. Each project subjects Goldsworthy’s ideas about his work to the brute facts and forces of nature: sunlight, sedimentation, tides, erosion, extremes of heat and cold, and the cycles of plant growth and decay. Situated mostly throughout Europe and the United States, Goldsworthy’s projects are as beautiful as they are thought-provoking. Each project detailed in this important book is accompanied with notes by the artist, and many have not been published previously. The book is a companion volume to Andy Goldsworthy: Ephemeral Works (2015).
Goldsworthy was born in Cheshire, England, in 1956 and currently lives in Scotland. He has been making art in the environment, both rural and urban, since the mid-1970s. Working with natural materials, Goldsworthy has produced exhibitions and projects all over the world, from the Canadian Arctic to Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. His work is in many museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and The Tate, Liverpool.