Andy Goldsworthy

Born in 1956 in Cheshire, England
Lives in Dumfriesshire, Scotland

Woven Manzanita

Originally created in 1996

Reassembled by Andy Goldsworthy in 2017

Dry manzanita wood collected from Santa Cruz mountains in Northern California.  This work is built with wood all the way through the sphere and uses only the ‘woven’ branches and gravity to hold it together.

Rock Pools

January 2000

34 kiln-fired greywake sea boulders.  Greywacke, pronounced grey-whack or whack-uh is a dark, coarse-grained sandstone containing more than 15 percent clay amalgamated with shale and silt. It becomes molten at just above 3,000° Fahrenheit (1648.889 Celsius).

Earth and Snow


(Left to Right)

White Oak


Western White Pine

Ponderosa Pine

Red Fir


Jeffrey Pine

7 individual drawings, seeds were collected from Jackson to Silver Lake, California and boiled to extract pigments into a ‘tea’. The tea was then used to stain snow, packed into snowballs  and brought inside to melt on watercolor paper.

Peat, Source of Scaur


Dyes extracted from peat, used to stain snow which was then packed into a snowball and allowed to melt on watercolor paper.

Snowball Drawing


Snowball packed with red earth and allowed to melt on paper.

Torn Stone


Video installation

Torn Stone is the only video work that I have made [as of 2000]. It was constructed as a video installation. The stones were selected from a larger number of stones that were fired in my kiln [and] were selected for the central split/tear/crack that occurred in the firing. Each stone was then individually re-fired in a small test kiln. The stone and crack was positioned in alignment with the video camera on a tripod prior to closing the kiln lid and being fired. When the kiln had reached temperature, the kiln door was opened. At this point the stone is almost white hot and as the temperature dropped it changed to red and eventually to black. This process was filmed.

My intention was to create an installation in which four screens would show each of the stones in a seamless transition from black through to white hot. This meant reversing the film. When the stone is at its hottest (i.e. just after the opening of the kiln door) the film is then repeated in its original sequence – showing the stone changing to black.

The drop in temperature and consequent colour change when the kiln door is first opened is very dramatic. The rate of change then slowed. I wanted there to be no sudden change so that the viewer had to stay in the room for some time before realising a transition was taking place. This meant extending the video footage showing the stone at its hottest.

The video is not in any way a documentation of the process. It is an artwork in its own right. Whilst the video installation Torn Stones, and the actual Rock Pools are very much connected, they can be shown individually, and should never be shown together in the same room.

— Andy Goldsworthy

Surface Tension

Originally created in 1993

Reassembled by Andy Goldsworthy in 2009

The long leafstocks from a chestnut tree were wetted and then pinned together using hawthorn spines.  The woody thorns hold the entire peice to the walls and ceiling no glue or hardware were used; only the thorns hold the work together.