ephemeral art

If you spent hours upon hours creating a magnificent art piece, could you let it then melt?  let the wind blow it away?

Andy GoldsworthyAndy Goldsworthy, Rowan Leaves & Hole

I especially love this piece, it being rowan leaves, the inspiration for my studio name and logo.  The rowan tree is commonly known  as the mountain ash, a tree with delicate leaves and clusters of orangey-red berries.

Andy GoldsworthyAndy Goldsworthy

“Overnight – wind – overcast went to arch – early – still there!!
but melting quickly.
Lifted out supports – very
easy!
Very beautiful
– a melting
ice arch.

would have perhaps
preferred it not to have melted so much
-softened it somewhat.
However melting
made it easy
to remove stone
supports.

Visable from long distance – attracted someone from long way – good to show it.
Went back later to draw it – arrived just in time to see a very old man knock it down
with a gun – sad.” – excerpts from Andy Goldsworthy diary

Andy GoldsworthyAndy Goldsworthy
Leaves polished, greased made in the shadow of the tree from which they fell, pinned to the ground with thorns.

“Movement, change, light growth and decay are the lifeblood of nature, the energies that I try to tap through my work. I need the shock of touch, the resistance of place, materials and weather, the earth as my source. I want to get under the surface. When I work with a leaf, rock, stick, it is not just that material itself, it is an opening into the processes of life within and around it. When I leave it, these processes continue.” – Andy Goldsworthy

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