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Andy Goldsworthy Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Andy Goldsworthy.

A stone is ingrained with geological and historical memories.
- Andy Goldsworthy

People also leave presence in a place even when they are no longer there.
- Andy Goldsworthy

The early firings contained many stones.
- Andy Goldsworthy

Occasionally I have come across a last patch of snow
on top of a mountain in late May or June.
There's something very powerful about finding snow in summer.
- Andy Goldsworthy

 

It's frightening and unnerving to watch a stone melt.
- Andy Goldsworthy

Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood.
- Andy Goldsworthy

Not being able to touch is sometimes as interesting as being able to touch.
- Andy Goldsworthy

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Even in winter an isolated patch of snow has a special quality.
- Andy Goldsworthy

I enjoy working in a quiet and subversive way.
- Andy Goldsworthy

The difference between a theatre with and without an audience is enormous.
There is a palpable, critical energy created by the
presence of the audience.
- Andy Goldsworthy

Photography is a way of putting distance between myself
and the work which sometimes helps me to see more clearly
what it is that I have made.
- Andy Goldsworthy

Abandoning the project was incredibly stressful after
having gone through the process of building the room,
installing the kiln, collecting the stones,
sitting with the kiln day and night as it came to temperature,
experiencing the failures.
- Andy Goldsworthy

Confrontation is something that I accept as part of
the project though not its purpose.
- Andy Goldsworthy

I have walked around the same streets so many times,
and then seen a place that had been hidden to me.
I now know the sites in a way that makes me think I
could have made better use of the connections between place and snowball.
- Andy Goldsworthy

I have worked with this red all over the world -
in Japan,
California, France, Britain, Australia -
a vein running round the earth.
It has taught me about the flow, energy and life that
connects one place with another.
- Andy Goldsworthy

The stones tear like flesh, rather than breaking.
Although what happens is violent, it is a violence that is in stone.
A tear is more unnerving than a break.
- Andy Goldsworthy

Ideas must be put to the test.
That's why we make things, otherwise they would be no more than ideas.
There is often a huge difference between an idea and its realisation.
I've had what I thought were great ideas that just didn't work.
- Andy Goldsworthy

I am not a performer but occasionally I deliberately
work in a public context.
Some sculptures need the movement of people around them to work.
- Andy Goldsworthy

Some of the snowballs have a kind of animal energy.
Not just because of the materials inside them,
but in the way that they appear caged,
captured.
- Andy Goldsworthy

I'm cautious about using fire.
It can become theatrical.
I am interested in the heat, not the flames.
- Andy Goldsworthy

The hardened mass of liquid stones had much stronger
qualities than those which had simply torn.
The skin remained a recognisable part of the molten stone.
- Andy Goldsworthy

Stones are checked every so often to see if any have
split or at worst exploded.
An explosion can leave debris in the elements so the
firing has to be abandoned.
- Andy Goldsworthy

Three or four stones in one firing will all react differently.
I try to achieve a balance between those that haven't
progressed enough and those about to go too far.
- Andy Goldsworthy

Winter makes a bridge between one year and another and,
in this case, one century and the next.
- Andy Goldsworthy

As with all my work, whether it's a leaf on a rock or ice on a rock,
I'm trying to get beneath the surface appearance of things.
Working the surface of a stone is an attempt to understand
the internal energy of the stone.
- Andy Goldsworthy

The relationship between the public and the artist
is complex and difficult to explain.
There is a fine line between using this critical energy
creatively and pandering to it.
- Andy Goldsworthy

The reason why the stone is red is its iron content,
which is also why our blood is red.
- Andy Goldsworthy

Once the fired stone is out of the kiln,
it is still possible to mentally reconstruct it in its original form.
- Andy Goldsworthy

A snowball is simple, direct and familiar to most of us.
I use this simplicity as a container for feelings and
ideas that function on many levels.
- Andy Goldsworthy

I did tests on small stones before collecting and committing
myself to the larger ones.
- Andy Goldsworthy

I soon realised that what had happened on a small scale
cannot necessarily be repeated on a larger scale.
The stones were so big that the amount of heat required
was prohibitively expensive and wasteful.
- Andy Goldsworthy

It takes between three and six hours to make each snowball,
depending on snow quality.
Wet snow is quick to work with but also quick to thaw,
which can lead to a tense journey to the cold store.
- Andy Goldsworthy

The first snowball I froze was put in my mother's deep
freeze when I was in my early 20s.
- Andy Goldsworthy

The first stone was just tried in the spirit of experimentation.
The opening of the stone was far more interesting than
the drawing that I had done on it.
- Andy Goldsworthy

Fire is the origin of stone.By working the stone with heat,
I am returning it to its source.
- Andy Goldsworthy

My art is an attempt to reach beyond the surface appearance.
I want to see growth in wood, time in stone,
nature in a city, and I do not mean its parks but a
deeper understanding that a city is nature too-the
ground upon which it is built,
the stone with which it is made.
- Andy Goldsworthy

People do not realise that many of my works are done in urban places.
I was brought up on the edge of Leeds,
five miles from the city centre-on one side were fields and on the other,
the city.
- Andy Goldsworthy

What you leave behind is not what
is engraved in stone monuments,
but what is woven into the lives of others.
- Pericles

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.
- George Bernard Shaw

It does not do to dwell on dreams, ...
and forget to live.
- the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Pick up a stone that feels good to you
and is small enough to hold in one hand.
Consider how long that stone has been around
and what enormous pressure it has experienced.
Draw strength from its long history.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools,
but the gentle touches of air and water
working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.
- Henry David Thoreau

Revenge... is like a rolling stone,
which, when a man hath forced up a hill,
will return upon him with a greater violence,
and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion.
- Albert Schweitzer

Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.
- W. Clement Stone

Be careful the friends you choose -
for you will become like them.
- W. Clement Stone

I wanted to know the name of every stone
and flower and insect and bird and beast.
I wanted to know where it got its color, where it got its life -
but there was no one to tell me.
- George Washington Carver

Love doesn't just sit there like a stone;
it has to be made,like bread,
remade all the time, made new.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Fling but a stone, the giant dies.
- Matthew Green

Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise,
a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.
- Ansel Adams

Character is always known.
Thefts never enrich;
alms never impoverish;
murder will speak out of stone walls.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What contemptible scoundrel has stolen the cork to my lunch?
- W. Clement Stone

Who made the rule that life has to be so serious?
One would think that "life is serious" had been engraved
upon stone tablets to judge from how most lives are lived.
Get a life, smile broadly, sing loudly,
paint your rooms in bold colors,
search every rabbit hole for a magical white bunny,
have caviar for breakfast and oatmeal for dinner,
wear a purple coat with a red hat - dance lightly with life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nature teaches more than she preaches.
There are no sermons in stones.
It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral.
- John Burroughs

It is a power stronger than will.
Could a stone escape from the laws of gravity? Impossible.
Impossible, for evil to form an alliance with good.
- Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont

No matter how carefully you plan your goals they will
never be more that pipe dreams unless you pursue them with gusto.
- W. Clement Stone

A nickname is the heaviest stone that the devil can throw at a man.
It is a bugbear to the imagination, and,
though we do not believe in it, it still haunts our apprehensions.
- William Hazlitt

The best artist has that thought alone Which is contained within the marble shell;
The sculptor's hand can only break the spell To free
the figures slumbering in the stone.
- Michelangelo

Whoso pulleth out this sword of this stone and anvil
is rightwise king born of all England.
- Thomas Malory

Bob Dylan did the first really long record -
Like A Rolling Stone -
I think it was four minutes.
- Pete Townshend

We said we would leave no stone unturned to get to
Germany and now we are applying the same philosophy
towards our tournament preparations.
- John O'Neill

Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart.
O when may it suffice?
- William Butler Yeats

Let them not make me a stone and let them not spill me,
otherwise kill me.
- Louis MacNeice

If any have a stone to throw It is not I,
ever or now.
- Elinor Wylie

Just because I look sexy on the cover of Rolling Stone
doesn't mean I'm naughty.
- Britney Spears

I've become friends with Michael Mann and Oliver Stone;
I've seen those guys work and that was great to see.
- Antoine Fuqua

There's an electrical thing about movies.
- Oliver Stone

You can keep the things of bronze and stone and give
me one man to remember me just once a year.
- Damon Runyon

In the Scottish Orkneys, the little stone houses with
their single large room and central hearth had an extraordinary
range of built-in furniture.
- Stephen Gardiner

I think a guy who's had just the right amount of booze
can sing the blues a hell of a lot better than a guy who is stone sober.
- Charlie Rich

I would write plays for my grandmother,
who was stone deaf, my mother and the dog,
that was our audience.
- Jayne Meadows


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