Andy Goldsworthy is known for his outdoor sculptural interventions and indoor installations that transform nature's most familiar elements into graceful designs. Using color and geometric form to order found materials - such as stone, trees, mud, grass, snow, ice, and leaves - Goldsworthy creates visual displays in which the changing nature of the materials is as much a part of the work as the design itself. With their apparent effortlessness, Goldsworthy's creations impart a sense of wonder, drawing attention to the inherent power, beauty, and mystery of nature. The simplicity of each work belies its labor-intensive origins, the hours spent gathering stones of a certain type, layering colored leaves into a circle, or patiently waiting as a circle of water freezes to ice.
Andy Goldsworthy was born in Cheshire, England in 1956. Since the 1970s, he has been making sculptures and installations with and about nature. Solo museum exhibitions of his work have been held in the Setagaya Art Museum, Japan (1994); the Barbican Centre, London (2000); Site Santa Fe, New Mexico (2000); the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2002); and elsewhere around the world. His other major permanent commissions in the United States include Storm King Wall (1995-97) at Storm King Art Center, River (2000) at Stanford University, and Three Cairns (2002) at the Des Moines Art Center. Recent public commissions include Stone Houses (2004) at the Metropolitan Museum, New York and Drawn Stone (2005) de Young Museum, San Francisco. Andy Goldsworthy was the subject of the award-winning documentary by Thomas Riesshleimer, Rivers and Tides. In New York he is represented by Galerie Lelong.