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OAK ROOM, CHATEAU LA COSTE, FRANCE ANDY GOLDSWORTHY

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Take a field near a French cas­tle. Get a dig­ger in to ex­ca­vate a huge pit next to a ter­raced wall. Use the thin­nings from a nearby oak plan­ta­tion to build a dome in the pit. Strip the wood of bark to en­sure against in­sect in­fes­ta­tion. Oh, and be­cause it looks bet­ter.

Then bury said dome and build a door­way and steps into it as part of the re­con­structed ter­raced wall. And when you do all of this, what have you got? A new space. A work of art. Andy Goldsworthy was born in Cheshire and grew up near Leeds but he lives in Dum­fries and Gal­loway now so we can maybe claim him as Scot­tish. And why wouldn’t we? Goldsworthy is per­haps the most suc­cess­ful en­vi­ron­men­tal artist there is. More im­por­tantly, he is one of the most in­ter­est­ing, as the new book Andy Goldsworthy Projects re­minds us.

It’s a pho­to­graphic ac­count of 44 projects, in­clud­ing this buried oak room, cre­ated in situ all over Europe, the United States and South Amer­ica.

Goldsworthy’s art­works are in con­ver­sa­tion with and all about the world around us. And it uses the stuff that makes up that world – wa­ter and stone and branch and earth – to do so. In short, here is the world re­shaped by two hu­man hands (some­times with help, of course) and one hu­man brain.

Andy Goldsworthy Projects is pub­lished by Abrams, priced £65

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