If you spent hours upon hours creating a magnificent art piece, could you let it then melt? let the wind blow it away?
Andy 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.
“Overnight – wind – overcast went to arch – early – still there!!
but melting quickly.
Lifted out supports – very
– a melting
would have perhaps
preferred it not to have melted so much
-softened it somewhat.
made it easy
to remove stone
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
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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