In the footsteps of Andy Goldsworthy 2010.12.01

Written by David Green.

goldds.ashley.vanbrandt.jpgBritish artist Andy Goldsworthy is world-renown for the sculpture and land art he creates in natural and urban settings.

His work uses natural and found objects to create sculpture that is said to draw out the character of the environment.

Some of Goldsworthy’s work is temporal—it disappears in a matter of hours or days—and other sturdy pieces are expected to remain for decades. Goldsworthy captures the work via photography to record its presence.

“Each work grows, stays, decays– integral parts of a cycle which the photograph shows at its heights, marking the moment when the work is most alive,” Goldsworthy has said of his work. “There is an intensity about a work at its peak that I hope is expressed in the image. Process and decay are implicit.”

His pieces have included brightly-colored flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, snow, twigs, thorns, etc., as well giant sandstone slabs used in the arch he  completed at Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids in 2005.

Morenci art teacher Kym Ries last year assigned a Goldsworthy project. Students watched “Rivers and Tides”—a documentary about the artist—and considered Goldsworthy’s goals, how he shares his work with the public and what happens to his sculptures.

Over spring break students created their own Goldsworthy-inspired artwork. Photographic evidence of their finished pieces was sent to their teacher via e-mail while she was on vacation.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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