Andy Goldsworthy is a Scottish sculptor who creates temporary works of art by organizing leaves, sticks, rocks or anything else he can find outside.
His work is mostly considered transient and ephemeral which causes some people to believe that it is a criticism on Earth’s fragility. His work, however, is a lot more complex than that.
“When I make something, in a field or street, it may vanish but it’s part of the history of those places,” he said in an interview.
“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 harbor from which many troops left for war was in the background.”