Andy Goldsworthy is a British sculptor who makes site-specific installations using natural and found objects to create temporary (and sometimes permanent) sculptures.

Through the careful selection and arrangement of items readily found in nature, Goldsworthy creates installations in the natural environment that last from only a few moments to several years. The tools of his trade are his own two hands; his media are stones, sticks, leaves, sand, feathers, snow, ice, or whatever the natural environment offers him. Fixing his fragile compositions in place are thorns, water, ice, and gravity itself. His results are amazing. from University of Michegan Museum of Art

There is a flickr group dedicated to his work and to others work who have been inspired by him.

Andy Goldsworthy, Woven bamboo, windy…, Before the Mirror 1987

Andy Goldsworthy, Sheepfold MI87, Tilberthwaite Glen, Cumbria, Photographer: Dave Mulligan Picture by nvmdigital.com

was at Yorkshire Sculpture park 31 March 2007 – 6 January 2008 – Cow dung on window


The natural art and environmental art pools on flickr are a treasure trove of inspiration.

flower squiggle from piperkinsvater flickr user

leaf circle from JRT Pickle flickr user

grass skirt from crows_in_trees flickr user.

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The organised collection pool at flickr is an incredibly gorgeous collection of images with all sorts of interesting objects. The nature of a collection is intrinsically ephemeral, it is changed, added to, pieces discarded or swapped, put away or put on display.

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