Talk:Andy Goldsworthy

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Quote: "This article or section contains too many quotations for an encyclopedic entry." I dont know about anyone else but I dont like this kind of comment on the main page of a site left hanging like graffiti. I found the quotes helpful in understanding the man and his work, and I do wish articles weren't constantly being vandalised by expert wikipedia contributors using these kind of comments and notes - if you want to edit it, edit it boldly, please dont leave litter all over it! I'm about to follow my own advice and delete it.! Excalibur 21:22, 17 June 2007 (UTC)

[Unsigned comment][edit]

hiya, I am studying art at school and i wondered if anyone knew any major events that happened in his life that could have had a large infulence on his artwork? thanks

Hi, this Talk page is for discussing how the article can be improved, not for a general discussion on Andy Goldsworthy. Also, please sign all comments with four tildes (~~~~). Thanks. Cheers, Jacklee 22:08, 12 May 2007 (UTC)

Imprint information for first publication[edit]

Hi, Jmarob. On two occasions you've removed the original imprint information of books by Goldsworthy and replaced it with what appears to be imprint information relating to recent reprints of the books. However, it is useful for readers to know when the books were first published. I would suggest that you add the reprint information as follows:

  • Malpas, William (1995). Andy Goldsworthy: Touching Nature. Kidderminster: Crescent Moon. ISBN 1861710496 (pbk.) Check |isbn= value (help). 
    • Reprinted as Malpas, William (2007). Andy Goldsworthy: Touching Nature. Maidstone, Kent: Crescent Moon. ISBN 9781861710567 (pbk.) Check |isbn= value (help). 

— Cheers, JackLee talk 13:35, 9 August 2008 (UTC)

This user is spamming Crescent Moon books on wiki. See User talk:Jmarob and contributions: the only edits are to insert these titles into articles. Please assess the inclusion in this article. Ty 01:06, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
If the information is genuine, I don't think there's any problem with including it in the article provided the original information is not removed (which is what Jmarob has been doing). It may be useful for readers to know that the works have been reprinted. — Cheers, JackLee talk 07:58, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
See Wikipedia:Manual of Style (lists of works)#ISBNs for the preferred style of including multiple printings. :) -- Quiddity 16:46, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
That's useful. Thanks. — Cheers, JackLee talk 07:36, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

Further Reading section[edit]

This section is really unnecessary... it is being spammed by User talk:Jmarob who has a conflict of interest If people want to find books about Andy Goldsworthy they can easily Google them or look them up on Amazon? The Barbara Hepworth article for instance has no further reading section. Teapotgeorge (talk) 20:57, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

Jmarob indef blocked as spam only account. Ty 21:36, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

Artistic Styles[edit]

The Moonlit Path was at Petworh, but the Chalk Stones Trail was a five mile walk through the heart of the south downs from Cocking Hill, through the West Dean Woods and ending in West Dean. Installed in 2002 some are still there - took a photo today of the one at West Dean Douglas08 (talk) 14:54, 26 September 2008 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Douglas08 (talkcontribs)

Why not upload one of your photographs to the Wikimedia Commons under the GNU Free Documentation License or a Creative Commons licence and add it to the article? Feel free to post a message here or e-mail me if you need help. — Cheers, JackLee talk 16:09, 26 September 2008 (UTC)

Problem in the Biography section[edit]

There are a few major errors in this article that need attention; most notably, the information taken from the Cass source in the Biography section. The sentence: "It has been said that his gradual drift northwards was "due to a way of life over which he did not have complete control", but that contributing factors were opportunities and desires to work in these areas and "reasons of economy." really seems to have issues. First of all "it has been said" is weak. If the statement has not been made by a) a group of several experts or b) someone of key influence on the subject, then the fact in question probably doesn't meet verifiability. The Cass Sculpture foundation website does not provide an author for the biography nor does it show that it has been reviewed or published, which does not really make it a reliable source. Secondly, though the Cass source is in question, this article seems to almost completely plagiarize its content, putting some direct quotes in quotation marks and leaving bits of quoted material outside, doing very little to paraphrase. My first impulse is to remove the lines altogether, though I do think that his reason for changing location can be found in a better source that can justify its claims, so for now I will leave it alone but might try to make the sentence stronger.Mrathel (talk) 15:44, 27 August 2009 (UTC)

  • Oh, and the "way of life over which he did not have complete control" is painfully vague. Even if it is quoted material, it is poorly written. Its like saying "He moved north because of the way things went" or "he moved north because a lot of things happened that he could not stop". What does this whole sentence say: He moved north because he could not help it, because he wanted to, and because it was economical. Why could he not control it? What specific types of work did it help, and what on earth was the "economy" involved? Mrathel (talk) 15:50, 27 August 2009 (UTC)
Feel free to go ahead and improve the article. — Cheers, Truth's Out There talk 06:20, 30 August 2009 (UTC)

Preston Polytechnic[edit]

When Andy Goldsworthy was a student, the art department of Preston Polytechnic was not in Preston, but in Lancaster, in the Storey Institute. His first catalogued works were made in the garden adjoining this building. See: and Fruitflier (talk) 23:24, 21 January 2010 (UTC)

Pending changes[edit]

This article is one of a number (about 100) selected for the early stage of the trial of the Wikipedia:Pending Changes system on the English language Wikipedia. All the articles listed at Wikipedia:Pending changes/Queue are being considered for level 1 pending changes protection.

The following request appears on that page:

Comments on the suitability of theis page for "Penfding changes" would be appreciated.

Please update the Queue page as appropriate.

Note that I am not involved in this project any much more than any other editor, just posting these notes since it is quite a big change, potentially

Regards, Rich Farmbrough, 23:34, 16 June 2010 (UTC).

Image about to be deleted?[edit]

Just a quick query, as part of getting my head around the licensing/etc for a pic of a generic Chalk Stones Trail boulder, I noticed that the image of the Spire is flagged for deletion (no FoP in the US, unlike a couple of the other ones which are from the UK where we do have a FoP of sorts) - what's the handling for something like this? Fuzi (talk) 00:50, 7 March 2011 (UTC)

Life and Career Information Outdated[edit]

In the Life and Career section, there is a sentence that reads, "He is currently an A.D. White Professor-At-Large at Cornell University." He has not been an A.D. White Professor-At-Large at Cornell University since 2008 so this information needs to be updated. See

Regards, Chilloutahotsec (talk) 18:15, 10 February 2012 (UTC)

Adding image and photo of Wood Line[edit]

I'd like to add Wood Line to the table of works, but I'm not authorized Derecognize (talk) 07:23, 9 June 2012 (UTC)

Not done for now: Canyou please tell me where it is?. Once you have, change answered=yes to answered=no above, and I will come back and look at it. Also, please find a image I can use. Thanks, Mdann52 (talk) 15:29, 9 June 2012 (UTC)


Amazing this is a advantageous websites. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:41, 16 June 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 8 September 2013[edit]

On the page there is currently no picture of the Storm King Wall. I visited the establishment recently and took a picture. Feel free to use this picture of the storm king wall:

Mikedidonato (talk) 13:00, 8 September 2013 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done We can't use external images, only ones that have been uploaded here or to the Commons. -- Diannaa (talk) 01:33, 10 September 2013 (UTC)


ithink u should write more about him — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:18, 9 November 2013 (UTC)

"Wall" at Kentuck Knob, Chalk Hill, PA, USA[edit]

Goldsworthy's work "Wall" is installed on the grounds of the Frank Lloyd Wright house "Kentuck Knob" in Chalk Hill, Pennsylvania. The grounds of Kentuck Knob contain sculptures from the collection of UK Lord Peter Palumbo, who owns the house and property. Image - — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:45, 14 November 2013 (UTC)

a b "Artworks of Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park". Vicnet. Retrieved 15 March 2013.[edit]

Please change the web address to


Stanley Barker, webmaster, Friends of Herring Island — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:32, 26 December 2013 (UTC)

Stranglers Cairn[edit]

I'm surprised about the misinformation but the "Stranglers Cairn" is nowhere near Victoria in Australia.

It is in Conondale National Park near Kenilworth in Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.[1] (talk) 11:59, 21 April 2014 (UTC)Lubo Gregor

Edit request: factual error[edit]

Goldsworthy is no longer AD White Professor-at-large at Cornell University.

Yellow Crocus1 (talk) 10:56, 12 January 2015 (UTC)

  1. ^