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My art is an attempt to reach beyond the surface appearance. I want to see growth in wood, time in stone, nature in a city, and I do not mean its parks but a deeper understanding that a city is nature too-the ground upon which it is built, the stone with which it is made. ---->>>

As with all my work, whether it's a leaf on a rock or ice on a rock, I'm trying to get beneath the surface appearance of things. Working the surface of a stone is an attempt to understand the internal energy of the stone. ---->>>

Even in winter an isolated patch of snow has a special quality.

Even in winter an isolated patch of snow has a special quality.

Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood. ---->>>

People also leave presence in a place even when they are no longer there. ---->>>

A stone is ingrained with geological and historical memories. ---->>>

Occasionally I have come across a last patch of snow on top of a mountain in late May or June. There's something very powerful about finding snow in summer.

Occasionally I have come across a last patch of snow on top of a mountain in late May or June. There's something very powerful about finding snow in summer.

A snowball is simple, direct and familiar to most of us. I use this simplicity as a container for feelings and ideas that function on many levels. ---->>>

Photography is a way of putting distance between myself and the work which sometimes helps me to see more clearly what it is that I have made. ---->>>

The first stone was just tried in the spirit of experimentation. The opening of the stone was far more interesting than the drawing that I had done on it. ---->>>

I'm cautious about using fire. It can become theatrical. I am interested in the heat, not the flames. ---->>>

Winter makes a bridge between one year and another and, in this case, one century and the next. ---->>>

Not being able to touch is sometimes as interesting as being able to touch. ---->>>

I have walked around the same streets so many times, and then seen a place that had been hidden to me. I now know the sites in a way that makes me think I could have made better use of the connections between place and snowball. ---->>>

I have worked with this red all over the world - in Japan, California, France, Britain, Australia - a vein running round the earth. It has taught me about the flow, energy and life that connects one place with another. ---->>>

Confrontation is something that I accept as part of the project though not its purpose. ---->>>

Ideas must be put to the test. That's why we make things, otherwise they would be no more than ideas. There is often a huge difference between an idea and its realisation. I've had what I thought were great ideas that just didn't work. ---->>>

The difference between a theatre with and without an audience is enormous. There is a palpable, critical energy created by the presence of the audience. ---->>>

I am not a performer but occasionally I deliberately work in a public context. Some sculptures need the movement of people around them to work. ---->>>

It's frightening and unnerving to watch a stone melt. ---->>>

Once the fired stone is out of the kiln, it is still possible to mentally reconstruct it in its original form. ---->>>

The early firings contained many stones. ---->>>

The relationship between the public and the artist is complex and difficult to explain. There is a fine line between using this critical energy creatively and pandering to it. ---->>>

I soon realised that what had happened on a small scale cannot necessarily be repeated on a larger scale. The stones were so big that the amount of heat required was prohibitively expensive and wasteful. ---->>>

Abandoning the project was incredibly stressful after having gone through the process of building the room, installing the kiln, collecting the stones, sitting with the kiln day and night as it came to temperature, experiencing the failures. ---->>>

Fire is the origin of stone. By working the stone with heat, I am returning it to its source. ---->>>

I enjoy working in a quiet and subversive way. ---->>>

The stones tear like flesh, rather than breaking. Although what happens is violent, it is a violence that is in stone. A tear is more unnerving than a break. ---->>>

Some of the snowballs have a kind of animal energy. Not just because of the materials inside them, but in the way that they appear caged, captured. ---->>>

The first snowball I froze was put in my mother's deep freeze when I was in my early 20s. ---->>>

The reason why the stone is red is its iron content, which is also why our blood is red. ---->>>

I did tests on small stones before collecting and committing myself to the larger ones. ---->>>

It takes between three and six hours to make each snowball, depending on snow quality. Wet snow is quick to work with but also quick to thaw, which can lead to a tense journey to the cold store. ---->>>

People do not realise that many of my works are done in urban places. I was brought up on the edge of Leeds, five miles from the city centre-on one side were fields and on the other, the city. ---->>>

Three or four stones in one firing will all react differently. I try to achieve a balance between those that haven't progressed enough and those about to go too far. ---->>>

Stones are checked every so often to see if any have split or at worst exploded. An explosion can leave debris in the elements so the firing has to be abandoned. ---->>>

The hardened mass of liquid stones had much stronger qualities than those which had simply torn. The skin remained a recognisable part of the molten stone. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: British
Born: 07-26, 1956
Birthplace: Cheshire, England
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Occupation: Artist
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Andy Goldsworthy OBE (born 26 July 1956) is a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist producing site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings. He lives and works in Scotland.(wikipedia)