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Andy Goldsworthy Coppice Room

Andy Goldsworthy: Coppice Room 2012

“The crop of trees at Bonnington both provoked and provided the materials for another work. I wanted to make a building connected to the wood in the same way that Stone House connects to the bedrock. Each building is occupied by stone or wood, and people who enter have to negotiate the bedrock and tree. I had noticed a derelict building besides the toilets in the corner of the courtyard behind the Silver Streak Cafe. Within its shell was a wooden hut inside which a dish washer had been installed. It was an ignored and undervalued location. The hidden, yet very public location made it a perfect site for a work that relies for its success at least partly on the experience of encountering the unexpected. I rebuilt the building and placed trunks floor to ceiling within it inside so that, as you go in, you feel as though you are entering not just a dense wood but the tree itself.”


Andy Goldsworthy is a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist. He was born in 1956. He was brought up on the Harrogate side of Leeds in the green belt. Here he took on work as a farm labourer as a schoolboy and said that the repetitive nature of the work informed his future art. He studied Fine Art at Bradford College of Art from 1974 to 1975 and then at Preston Polytechnic from 1975 to 1978. He now lives in Dumfriesshire and travels the world undertaking commissions and creating works.

Andy Goldsworthy produces site-specific sculpture and land art set in natural and rural settings. His art involves natural and found objects to create temporary and permanent sculptures that reflect the character of their environment. He is well known for his ephemeral pieces which are made from natural materials such as snow, ice, wood, flowers, leaves, sand, mud and twigs.