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Passage: Andy Goldsworthy [Hardcover]

Andy Goldsworthy , Anne L. Strauss
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4 Oct 2004
The journeys that people, rivers, landscapes and even stone take through space and time are central to this book. An account of a cairn built on the crest of a small hill at the entrance to the village in Scotland where Andy Goldsworthy lives reveals the importance of his work close to home, which is the inspiration for so much that he then creates elsewhere. Three cairns similar to the one in Scotland now span the United States, marking the artist's own journey across the States as well as the culmination of a form that has played a significant element in his work for the last twenty years. The vigorous beauty of Goldsworthy's work and its connection to death and decay are articulated in a series of works with elm trees. Made next to a small river in the south west of Scotland, the works range from glowing yellow leaves to dead branches that celebrate the life cycle of the elm. The flow and passage of time are explored and strongly expressed by Goldsworthy's works relating to water. Over the past few years the artist has developed an almost obsessive need to work alongside rivers and the sea. Ephemeral works made on the beach and in rivers change and disappear in response to the ebb and flow of water. Passage includes Goldsworthy's most recent commission, the Garden of Stones at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. Eighteen granite boulders, varying in weight from three to fifteen tons, were hollowed out from below with a thermal lance and filled with earth. Oak trees were planted through a small hole in the top of each stone at a ceremony participated in by several Holocaust survivors. These trees, not just surviving but growing in an almost impossible situation, have powerful associations in a garden intended as a Holocaust Memorial.

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (4 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500511918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500511916
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 27.1 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 541,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andy Goldsworthy is an internationally renowned sculptor. Thames & Hudson have published many of his books, including Hand to Earth, Wall, Time and Midsummer Snowballs.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goldsworthy 27 May 2005
Format:Hardcover
Being an art and design student, finding inspiration for pieces of our own work is always critical. With Goldworthy, there is no shortage of inspiration, either from his creation of natural forms or use of natural materials. I personally, would recommend this book to anybody of whom is taking a design or art course. However, having said this, the book is fatastic and wouldn't fail to astound anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Andy Goldsworthy 13 Sep 2010
By Grey
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Anything by this artist is worthing seeing. I just love the images. Always makes you feel better. This was present for a dear friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Passage 16 Nov 2011
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Bought for a present because I think the photographs are great! I'm sure the recipient will agree. Recommended to all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A modern naturalist 5 Sep 2005
By Ms. WB - Published on Amazon.com
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When I first heard of Goldsworthy my temptation was to label his art as New Agey because of his interaction with natural mediums and his works' outdoor settings. This would have been a gross mislabeling. I've also heard the term "environmental artist" bandied about, but that is just far too vague and I'm hoping we don't adopt that as part of our art-appreciation vocabulary. I think Goldsworthy and Christos are grouped together under that title, but they couldn't be more dissimilar. Christos' works always so statement oriented and meant to be observed from a distance, while Goldsworthy's evocative sculptures and leaf paintings invite you to examine them more closely and admire how well they fit into the landscape. And though his art is made from natural materials and dependent on the elements, the works themselves are very modern. Passage was the first book of Goldsworthy's work that I've been given, though I've seen some of his smaller pieces and photos in several galleries.

His moss covered stones surrounded by sun-blindingly bright leaves in perfect auras make me examine my walks through the park in new ways. He uses sticks and stones and leaves the way James Turrell uses light and corners and openings, letting you rediscover the things you may have taken for granted. Beautiful and painstaking work. Yet accessible. After reading this, you'll be tempted to go outside and create your own sculptures. Passage offers some commentary by Goldsworthy and as well as diary entries and curators' comments. But the pictures make the book. Many of his works are photographed at different times of day or year and because they are dependent on their environment, the pieces change dramatically. Very beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing 22 Jan 2005
By albatross - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The pictures in this book are once again amazing - and also very touching. It's easy to forget the time when you flip through this book and read the artist's remarks about certain works. The artist is simply a genius.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pulls reader into process of creation! 7 Sep 2009
By M. Chavez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
PASSAGE includes everything an interested reader could want: ample beautiful imagery, photographs of how finished pieces progress over time, photographs of original pieces being constructed, concurrent journal entries by Goldsworthy, commentary by various museum curators..

This book communicates beautifully perhaps the most necessary aspect of Goldsworthy's work, one that could not be transmitted merely through photos of his finished pieces. Goldsworthy's art, while accessing relationship with nature, also represents respect of, and submission to, time. It has always amazed me, and I imagine has had similar impact on many others, how much time and care is dedicated to the construction of such beautiful pieces and yet how easily they are allowed to be blown away or washed over or changed in whatever way by the powers that be. And yet, if it were not so, if his pieces were memorialized indefinitely, protected from natural wear and tear, their beauty would be somehow reduced. For it is in this release and acceptance of what must occur, that their power lies.

PASSAGE succeeds in portraying both aspects, relationship with nature and submission to time, through use of various tools, all mentioned in the 1st paragraph. As its title suggests, PASSAGE involves the reader in the process of Goldsworthy's art, from its conception to creation to change and destruction.

I rated this book only 4 stars because a part of me would have preferred more photos and fewer words. A picture speaks a thousand, as you know, and for those who are already familiar with Goldsworthy's amazing work, an inspiring photo of nature cannot but speak of its impermanence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible 3 Nov 2008
By M. Russell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is BREATHTAKING. I've admired Goldsworthy's simple yet stunning nature-mimics-nature for a few years now, but this book managed to blow me away.

Much of the photographs are devoted to the use of light on his works. Shadows, times of day (or year!), reflections, and the passage of light make astounding changes in his works.

Goldsworthy includes his notes and journal entries for the works, explaining his goals, emotions, and reactions to the process. A valuable look into the works, but also into the artist himself and his thoughts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars creativity meets nature 9 May 2009
By Eric D. Olick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Goldsworthy is a master at using nature in creative ways. I own his book, "A Collaboration With Nature," which is also a beautiful book, but what i love about "Passage" is how it documents and details the design process and the way Goldsworthy actually created his artwork. My favorite piece of work of his in this book is the one he calls pool of light - a huge circle of split wood facing a certain direction so that when the sun hits it, it is illuminated a rich golden color, surrounded by more split wood facing a different direction so that when the sun hits the circle or "Pool", the surrounding wood is dark. By the afternoon, when the sun hits the field of wood from a different direction, the colors are reversed, with the circle appearing dark, and the surrounding wood illuminated golden.

Goldsworthy's ability to use the ordinary changes in nature (such as the sunrises and sunsets, the ocean tides or currents in rivers), and to weave those changes into his art in an interactive way, is nothing short of genius. The photography is also extraordinary. This book is inspirational - it makes you want to go outside, commune with nature, and a create something!
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