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"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
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"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
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"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
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"A stone is ingrained with geological and historical memories." Andy Goldsworthy
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"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
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"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
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"Breaking stone with a hammer is a familiar and acceptable way of working the material, but is in fact a more violent response than firing." Andy Goldsworthy
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"Confrontation is something that I accept as part of the project though not its purpose." Andy Goldsworthy
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"Even in winter an isolated patch of snow has a special quality." Andy Goldsworthy
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"Fire is the origin of stone.By working the stone with heat, I am returning it to its source." Andy Goldsworthy
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"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
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"I did tests on small stones before collecting and committing myself to the larger ones." Andy Goldsworthy
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"I enjoy working in a quiet and subversive way." Andy Goldsworthy
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"I'm cautious about using fire. It can become theatrical. I am interested in the heat, not the flames." Andy Goldsworthy
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"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
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"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
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"It's frightening and unnerving to watch a stone melt." Andy Goldsworthy
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"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
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