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Andy Goldsworthy Stone House (Bonnington)

Andy Goldsworthy: Stone House (Bonnington) 2009

Stone House (Bonnington) is an excavated area of bedrock, approximately six metres by eight metres in size, on top of which, is a house-like building made of stone.

In Stone House (Bonnington) bedrock erupts dramatically into the space of the house. The effect is primordial, unearthly and uncanny.

The work is an important deepening of a sculptural experience that emerged in Goldsworthy’s art with Rock Fold (1993), for which he explains, “I removed the soil to reveal the bedrock…revealing something that is there, but which to a large extent is hidden, or not understood, or acknowledged.”

Stone House (Bonnington) also continues Goldsworthy’s interest in the house as a frame or container for encounters with profoundly intransigent, undomesticated materials, as in Stone House (2005) or his suite of Clay Houses (Boulder-Room-Holes) for Glenstone Museum (2007-8).

Alongside Stone House (Bonnington), Jupiter Artland’s permanent collection includes three other artworks by Goldsworthy: Clay Tree Wall, Coppice Room and Stone Coppice.


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.