Goldsworthy creates ephemeral sculptures using materials he finds outdoors — leaves, stones, twigs, wood, soil, snow, and ice transform into aesthetic forms. Many of his creations are dismantled by the elements; dispersed by the wind or disassembled by rising tides.

Goldsworthy documents his temporary creations with photographs. He states, “Each work grows, stays, decays – integral parts of a cycle which the photograph shows at its heights, marking the moment when the work is most alive….Process and decay are implicit.”

See Goldsworthy’s wikipedia entry.

The film Rivers and Tides documents Goldsworthy’s approach to creating natural sculptures.

Andy Goldsworthy


The common SENSE, 2014
Hamilton scans a selection of animal specimens from the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture to create a memento-mori bestiary. The scans are cropped and printed on newsprint pads that let visitors tear off a favorite print and take it with them. Hamilton describes the work as “an address to the finitude and threatened extinctions we share across species—a lacrimosa, an elegy, for a future being lost.”

Read more about the exhibit here.

See Hamilton’s website.


Impermanence, 2012
Oh creates altered photographs by adding microbes to the water used to develop his film. The microbes “consume light-sensitive chemicals over the course of months or years” and alter the photographic images.

See Oh’s website.


SymbioticA combines art with the life sciences. The lab is known for its Tissue Culture and Art Project created by Ionat Zurr and Oron Catts. For that project, Zurr and Catts developed small sculptural forms made from live tissue.

See SymbioticA’s lab website.

When Pigs Fly, 2000
Catts and Zurr grew pig marrow cells on a 3D scaffold to create small wing-like sculptures.

Disembodied Cuisine, 2003
The lab created “steaks” using frog cells.

Victimless Leather, 2004
The lab crafted a tissue coat using “immortalised cell lines.”

See Tissue Culture and Art Project.