Striding Arches

Biography:

Andy Goldswothy (born July 26, 1956) is a British scultor, photographer and environmentalist who lives in Scotland. He produces site specific sculptures and land art situated in natural and urban settings. His art work involes the use of natural and found objects, to create both temporary and permanent sculptures which enhance the character of their environment.

Art work facts:

Striding Arches (2005) is a series of permanent sandstone arches sited in specifically chosen high points around the natural ampitheatre at the head of the Cairnhead Glen, Dumfries and Galloway. The positioning of the arches is to encourage visitors to experience the landscape through the access network which is designed in parallel to the positioning of art works.

Personal response:

I really like this piece of work and was intrigued when i first saw it by how the stones were able to stay together just by tension. I would definetley be encouraged to interact with the sculptures and landscape if i seen them for real.

Additional Information:

In his own words …..

"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. Nature is in a state of change and that change is the key to understanding. I want my art to be sensitive and alert to changes in material, season and weather. Each work grows, stays, decays. Process and decay are implicit. Transience in my work reflects what I find in nature."

"I enjoy the freedom of just using my hands and "found" tools—a sharp stone, the quill of a feather, thorns. I take the opportunities each day offers: if it is snowing, I work with snow, at leaf-fall it will be with leaves; a blown-over tree becomes a source of twigs and branches. I stop at a place or pick up a material because I feel that there is something to be discovered. Here is where I can learn. "

"The underlying tension of a lot of my art is to try and look through the surface appearance of things. Inevitably, one way of getting beneath the surface is to introduce a hole, a window into what lies below."

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