Day 4- Rivers and Tides

Rivers and Tides, a documentary film on Andy Goldsworthy, was very entertaining today.  I know all artists get into their work, but he was especially attached to what he does.  I think he even mentioned in the beginning something along the lines of he lives for what he does.  Pertaining to the six principles of sustainable design, I can see a few of those coming through Goldsworthy’s work.  The most prominent one I noticed was the respect for energy and natural resources, or the conservation principle.  I thought this one was most prominent because every work of art that he did was made from natural resources, such as the sculptor he made out of ice, the snake-like figure that floated down the river made of lilly pads (I think), and even the walls that he was building out of stone.  As Adrienne mentioned, he also uses his body in different ways to help put his artwork together (such as using his teeth to break apart the icicles).  Another principle I noticed to an extent was respect for people, or human vitality principle.  Not so much that he was building habitats fit for people or anything, but by using the idea of sense of place.  Along with that, also, (most of) his artwork was not built to last, and he knew that.  I think that was what fascinated him so much.  So, does he fit in with our definition of sustainability?  I would say yes because he doesn’t seem to use anything but natural materials that he finds on the spot, and his completed artworks require no energy or anything of that sort, so no harm is being done to the environment.  I find him very interesting!


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