Andy Goldsworthy via Google Earth

Below are Google Earth images of several of environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy’s more monumental sculptures. He works with natural materials and attempts to seamlessly integrate his pieces with the context in which they are placed. Often his works are small and temporary - collections of leaves, rocks or ice shards - the most ephemeral lasting mere minutes before being reabsorbed into their surroundings. These larger pieces are more immense and permanent, but their elegance and flow shows how well Goldsworthy’s approach scales even to these colossal proportions.

Some of these were a bit difficult to track down. I knew the general area where they were located, but had to search for them in the aerial photography. The pieces in England where not covered by high-resolution imagery, so for those I created custom layers using images taken from Windows Live Maps, which often has better coverage, although with a weaker user interface.

Click on the images to see them in context:

Leadgate Maze

Drover’s Maze near Leadgate Consett, Durham, England

Other photographs and perspectives here.

Lambton Worm

Lambton Worm near Chester-le-Street, Durham, England

This is part of a series of sculptures along a bike path. Information on the myth of the Lambton Worm here.

Storm King Wall

Storm King Wall at Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY

The 2,278-foot-long wall meanders through the woods before spanning a pond.


Stone River at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California

This 400-foot-long wall was built with the stone from buildings damaged in the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes.

» Posted: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 | Comments (4) | Permanent Link


Fascinating. I had no idea Andy’s work could be viewed from space. Thanks. I’ve posted the news on my blog and posted a link to this page.

» Posted by Coxsoft Art News on February 12, 2007 10:07 AM

wow great

» Posted by Anonymous on January 9, 2008 12:09 PM

jeese this so gerat i never thought that it could be seen from space!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

» Posted by Anonymous on January 9, 2008 12:12 PM

wow amazing work

» Posted by Ashleigh on March 11, 2009 10:15 AM