Film Review – Leaning Into The Wind: Andy Goldsworthy

If you ever happen across a man laid in the middle of the pavement or cavorting up a tree, there’s a fair chance that it’s Andy Goldsworthy. The British artist has based his remarkable career on his relationship with nature and the environment around him. The celebrated and award-winning land artist, sculptor and photographer even received an OBE in 2000 for his troubles and has literally left his mark on the countryside.

In 2001, he was the subject of Thomas Riedelsheimer’s critically-acclaimed documentary Rivers and Tides. It was a beautiful work of art in itself and showcased the work of Goldsworthy in a way which enhanced its power. Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy brings the pair together again, working both as a follow-up and a companion piece. This time, the focus is squarely on the artist. Allowing his work and his words to speak volumes.

Leaning into the Wind follows Goldsworthy as he travels around the world to create and compliment the natural world surrounding him. In many ways it’s a voyage of self-discovery. The way in which he interacts with the environment is an artform in itself. It’s more naturalistic than its predecessor, feeling at times like a memoir or a reassessment by a man reaching the autumnal years of his career. Environmental factors are key and Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy demonstrates how we can live in harmony.

Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy is out in cinemas from Friday.

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