Built with stone quarried in Lead Hills, Scotland not far from where Gibbs’ forebears came from, and formed from ancient Roman arches, this work looks back along lines of genealogy, migration and architectural traditions.
But the sculpture also has an immediacy derived from the gradual weathering of the stone by water, wind and fetch on the tidal flats, which brings the viewer face-to-face with the ever-changing character and power of its surroundings and the here and now.
Andy Goldsworthy was born in Cheshire, England, in 1956 and was brought up in Yorkshire. He studied at Bradford Art College and Lancaster Art College. Andy Goldsworthy is an extraordinary, innovative British artist whose collaborations with nature produce uniquely personal and intense artworks. Using a seemingly endless range
of natural materials including snow, ice, leaves, bark, rock, clay, stones, feathers petals and twigs he creates temporary outdoor sculptures in places as diverse as the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District, Grize Fiord in the Northern Territories of Canada, the North Pole, Japan, the Australian outback, St Louis, Missouri and
Dumfriesshire. Before these ephemeral assemblages disappear, or as they disappear, Goldsworthy, records his work in suburb colour photographs. His permanent land works can be found in numerous locations around the world, including the United States and France.