The ephemeral beauty of nature is evident in these masterpieces.
One doesn’t need expensive tools to create works of art; it’s actually possible to materialize stunning designs with nothing more than gifts offered by nature.
British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy has proven this truth numerous times. Renowned in his field, the artist creates temporary installations out of sticks, stones, leaves, and pretty much anything else he finds outside. As the photos below convey, he can transform ordinary objects into beautiful masterpieces. The best part? They’re free to create and to enjoy.
Before Goldsworthy received his BA from what is now the University of Central Lancashire, he grew up working on farms. His father was a mathematician, and this likely inspired Andy to perceive the beauty that is present in nature.
He told The Guardian:
“A lot of my work is like picking potatoes. You have to get into the rhythm of it.”
Because Goldsworthy’s work is transient and short-lived, many view the art as a comment on the Earth’s fragility, according to Bored Panda. However, the artist views it as something more complex.
“When I make something, in a field or street, it may vanish but it’s part of the history of those places. In the early days, my work was about collapse and decay. Now some of the changes that occur are too beautiful to be described as simply decay. At Folkestone, I got up early one morning ahead of an incoming tide and covered a boulder in poppy petals. It was calm and the sea slowly and gently washed away the petals, stripping the boulder and creating splashes of red in the sea. The harbour from which many troops left for war was in the background.”
The ephemeral beauty of nature is evident in the following photos:
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