Andy Goldsworthy: Coppice Room 2012
Coppice Room is made up of a crop of tree trunks from the Jupiter Artland grounds which the artist installed inside a previously derelict building. The tree trunks run from floor to ceiling, giving the viewer the impression that they are entering not just a dense wood but the tree itself.
Coppice Room was formed from Goldsworthy’s realisation that a derelict building made ‘a perfect site for a work that relies for its success at least partly on the experience of encountering the unexpected.’
Goldsworthy noted that by creating Coppice Room, he wanted to make a building connected to Jupiter Artland’s wood in the same way that Stone House (Bonnington) connects to its bedrock.
Alongside Coppice Room, Jupiter Artland’s permanent collection includes three other artworks by Goldsworthy: Stone House (Bonnington), Clay Tree Wall and Stone Coppice.
“Coppice Room remains a hidden place to come across almost by chance. The way a work is approached, the space it occupies and the atmosphere it creates are critical to its success. At Jupiter Artland, the works are allowed to speak for themselves.”
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.