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Andy Goldsworthy: A Collaboration with Nature Hardcover – September 1, 1990
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- Russell T. Clement, Brigham Young Univ. Lib., Provo, Ut.
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Just a few of dozens of high points in the book:
- A graceful circle on the ground, created with brown leaves on the outer perimeter, warming to red, then orange, then yellow leaves toward the center;
- A "slate crack line" created when Goldsworthy carefully arranged pieces of slate so that the edges formed a seeming "crack" in the pile;
- Three "statues" made of balanced ovoid rocks in the middle of a snow-covered stream, each appearing to be something like well-rounded Giacomettis;
- A snowball eerily suspended in and supported by the trees which surround it;
- A rectangle of snow, in the middle of which Goldsworthy has carefully carved concentric, successively shallower circles so that the light gleams from the center but gets dimmer and dimmer with each larger circle;
- A sycamore branch placed on a bed of snow, juxtaposed with the same sycamore branch stripped of bark and placed on a bed of leaves--the first is dark against white, and the second is white against dark;
- An arching series of ice triangles, each of which has been painstakingly stuck to the next and balanced on a moss-covered rock--this looks almost like a glass wing of some sort.
I could go on and on by covering every single page in the book, but I'll leave it to you to find out for yourself what a visual feast Goldsworthy provides for the eyes--and what interesting mental exercise he provides for the mind of the observant viewer.
Most inspirational to my soul is how he couples his artistic vision of the beauty intrinsic in nature, coupled with his patience to modify and follow through. He shows us what is possible if we can imagine it, can think through how it should be done, and have the patience to work with nature to create it.
Some pieces take him days of collecting rocks, or sorting leaves by color, or patiently allowing one icicle to freeze to another. Sometimes his work is lost to wind or animals or the sun and he must start over. But he continues on to build the structure and the order that he sees in his mind's eye, working within nature, and creating something that is almost supernatural.
Each person I've shown this book to has been absorbed and amazed. It's the one I give as gifts so spread the word of the work of Andy Goldsworthy.
You can do a google search on Goldsworthy and see the same pictures but it in no way compares to having the collection in an oversized book on your lap and being able to show your friends as you say, "you will not believe this!"
Goldsworthy has enhanced nature's inherent beauty and complexity through slight, subtle, patient alterations and arrangements of everything from rocks to leaves to rain. Colors blend, twigs converge, water paints, patterns emerge. The result is an incredible study of natural beauty and form.
This book will find a place on anyone's shelf or coffee table. It belongs in every house and deserves to be seen by every eye.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
He is a genius, so inspiring, he has completely changed the way I experience nature. Buy all his other books, they are wonderful and you will never tire looking at themPublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
I gave a bunch of them for Xmas presents, although
too many of the pieces get overly arty, and stylized. Read more
I have this book and love it. It has many photos of Andy Goldworthy's work and lovely lovely ones at that. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Antie Eve
The book was a gift to my daughter. She absolutely loved it! Great book.Published 6 months ago by Timothy B. Crawford
Unique artist...wonders all around us in the world of nature.Published 9 months ago by Nancy Chandler