The Andy Goldsworthy Project, Hardback Book
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Andy Goldsworthys beautiful ephemeral artworks have been rendered timeless in numerous photographic records.

But over a period of nearly twenty-five years, he has also produced more than 120 permanent installations all over the world in three continents.

This is the first significant volume devoted to Goldsworthy's work in nearly twenty years, and the first to underscore the artists permanent output since 1984.

The artists sculpture and practice are situated within an ages-long tradition of structures and also trace the development of Roof, his permanent, site-specific sculpture at the National Gallery of Art,Washington.

In January 2003 Andy Goldsworthy was invited to create a work of art for the National Gallery of Art.

The project began with a series of ephemeral works on Government Island in Stafford County,Virginia.

From this phase a series of photographic suites and a diary remain.

The second phase of the project resulted in Roof, comprising nine stacked-slate domes installed over the course of nine weeks by Goldsworthy, his assistant, and a group of drystone wallers in the winter of 200405. The combination of documentation of all the permanent installations, in-depth analysis of Roof and contextual essays make this a landmark publication on the artist.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 228 pages, 284 illustrations, 280 in colour
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
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  • Category: Art & design styles: from c 1960
  • ISBN: 9780500238714



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Andy Goldsworthy is one of the most influential sculptors of the last 30 years. Goldsworthy is primarily an ephemeral artist, creating works out of natural materials that echo the surroundings of the environments they were created in, such as a rock covered in all one colored leaf or sculptures made of ice broken from the river. Many of these works only exist today in photographic evidence and book form. And that is where this book differs. Instead of focusing on the ephemeral art, it focuses on some of Goldsworthy's more permanent installations, such as the one that he created in 2003/04 for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. This book captures the process of creation of this work from its concept stage to the ending stage and offers commentary as well as photographic and document evidence. This book also serves as the only fully illustrated catalogue of Goldsworthy's more permanent installations. This book is a must own for any fan of Goldsworthy.