See How This Sculptor Transforms Leaves, Mud, Rocks, Branches and Ice into Artwork

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"When I make an ephemeral work, when it's finished, that's the moment that it ends, in a way," says sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. 

Goldsworthy is a Scottish sculptor, photographer and environmentalist who creates ephemeral pieces of artwork from  natural elements such as - sticks, leaves, rocks, ice, mud, wind, rain, and the rising tide. 

As he told Terry Gross in his Fresh Air interview in 2015: "It's not about art. It's just about life and the need to understand that a lot of things in life do not last."

Luckily for us, Goldsworthy captures his ephemeral works of art on film so a wider audience can appreciate and enjoy is all natural works of art. 

Want to learn more about his work, listen to his interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air from last year here

Below, enjoy some highlights of Andy Goldsworthy's work. 

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Wet, yellow elm leaves stick to a smooth, fallen elm tree in Dumfriesshire. (November, 2011)

Wet, yellow elm leaves stick to a smooth, fallen elm tree in Dumfriesshire. (November, 2011)

These icicles frozen to icicles in Dumfriesshire were still intact the following day, but collapsed two days later. (Jan. 8, 2010)

These icicles frozen to icicles in Dumfriesshire were still intact the following day, but collapsed two days later. (Jan. 8, 2010)

Curved sticks surround a river boulder in Woody Creek, Colo. (Sept. 16, 2006)

Curved sticks surround a river boulder in Woody Creek, Colo. (Sept. 16, 2006)

Alder branches form a bridge in a Dumfriesshire, Scotland, stream. (Jan. 17, 2014)

Alder branches form a bridge in a Dumfriesshire, Scotland, stream. (Jan. 17, 2014)

Article by: Rajmani Sinclair

Published on November 2, 2016