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An Open Letter to Andy Goldsworthy

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Dear Mr Goldsworthy,

I'm very very very sorry.


1st Nov 2010, 16:21   | tags:,,

martwine says:

bloody marvelous. Bring on the annual sparkler obscenities!

1st Nov 2010, 21:36

swamprose says:


2nd Nov 2010, 01:17

nige says:


3rd Nov 2010, 08:53

Joe says:

I prefer yours to his.

5th Nov 2010, 14:38

Chris says:

not verry origional, done that tipe of stuff b4 but meh

21st Nov 2010, 14:54

willy says:

crikey, what a wit you are and so creative

30th Dec 2010, 19:40

anon says:

sly. he is great, your not.

9th Jan 2011, 19:59

mat says:

"You're", not "your"

9th Jan 2011, 21:21

alpinetundra says:

mat = mat

11th Jan 2011, 06:14

BEN says:


2nd Feb 2011, 09:43

Lisa says:

Hahaha 'You're not your' nice!!!

3rd Feb 2011, 12:52

you have a lack of creative talent. says:

Obviously you're not very talented... you remind me as the type who would bully. Clearly, you cannot accept criticism either.

4th Feb 2011, 16:37

Anonymous says:

you correct the guy that say's 'your' instead of 'you're' ...yet your name is spelt 'Mat' ?

4th Feb 2011, 16:40

mat says:

You mean "says", not "say's"

4th Feb 2011, 17:02

Kelli says:

This is such a tragically bland attempt at humor. :(

14th Feb 2011, 02:25

Anonymous says:

hahahahahahahahahhahhahahahahhahahahaa you're just so funny!
LOL jk.

16th Feb 2011, 16:27

Anonymous says:

You must have a very sad life if this is what you spend your time on.

4th Mar 2011, 21:38

Anonymous says:

You must have a very sad life if this is what you spend your time on.

4th Mar 2011, 21:39

Rich says:

yeah because this stuff takes forever

4th Mar 2011, 23:34

anonymouse2 says:

Ok the words are sad but the idea behind it is gd ( i mean that if you spelled love or soming )

9th Mar 2011, 22:05

Tim says:

This made me laugh, you seem to have upset a lot of people with a few leaves... well done :)

12th Mar 2011, 01:51

Dave says:

My favourite bit was when you spelt out words with leaves.

And when people got upset about it.

Clearly you're a great artist of your generation. Keep up the good work! :D

27th Apr 2011, 14:17

andyluvah213 says:

who do U fink U r!
tlkin filth bout ma man.
he iz da talent of a generation!
U shuld look up 2 him as an EYEcon!!1!!

UR wrk lookz lyk my arse afta a long juicy sopping poop. andyz workz look lyk an angelz smiling face on xmas day!! he is a gawd amoung us poony humanz.


23rd May 2011, 04:05

mat says:

I think that might be the best comment ever left anywhere on the internet.

23rd May 2011, 12:01

andyluvah213 says:

i hope u lrn from ur mistakez mat. u F00l!
mutta farter

24th May 2011, 00:36

Iciciliser says:

Rather disturbing words to send to a good artist. Although your purpose of building the art was stupid, I really appreciate the artwork.

23rd Jun 2011, 16:31

anber says:

i saw this and it made my day. I totally agree!

24th Jul 2011, 14:30

sarcasmsismyfirstlanguage says:

Oh, wow. So mature. I can see your rivalling inspirational artists by writing obscenities in leaves

18th Sep 2011, 19:01

Anonymous says:


28th Sep 2011, 09:35

Anonymous says:

Art Troll Win!

30th Sep 2011, 11:18

Meat Eater says:

I love Goldsworthy's work, but I love skewering sacred cows (like the "sanctity" of art!) even more. Well done.

4th Oct 2011, 20:34

Rebecca(rar-dot-davidson-at-gmail-dot-com) says:

LOL :')
I love Andy Goldsworthy's work, but this actually made me laugh. :P

26th Oct 2011, 14:00

Denise says:

This is just stupid. Goldsworthy's work is awesome by the way. :)

27th Oct 2011, 19:26

Kat says:

Ironic that you're trying to criticise Goldworthy's work by mimicking it.

If you don't like it then why bother wasting your time?

30th Oct 2011, 15:20

mat says:

I'm a massive fan of Goldsworthy. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and so on.

I could never create anything as beautiful as his work, but I can at least make something that makes me laugh. What's even funnier is the amount of people who didn't get the joke, and then bothered to tell me so.

30th Oct 2011, 21:59

Beloved Spaceman says:

What makes the joke more impressive is that all these comments have just pushed this page up the results from google images.

30th Oct 2011, 22:38

Harry says:

Im studying Andy Goldsworthy.. his work is so amazing yet you seem to disrespect him and his work for a small bit of humour. I don't see how you can't get inspired by his work like me and use his inspiration and the depth into his art to do something amazing e.g. write songs, poems, draw

20th Nov 2011, 14:30

Hmm says:

HAHAHA! These pictures made me smile :) Though it actually worries me the amount of people who can't take a joke... :/

26th Nov 2011, 13:28

hildegard says:

Oh sweet jesus christ in a handcart.

I was always moderately fond of young Goldsworthy's stuff but having read some of the comments from his fanboys & girls here, I find I'm rather put off him. I know it's not fair on AG but one simply doesn't like to feel any affinity with such humourless hagiographers.

27th Nov 2011, 11:54

taniwha says:

What Mat's doing is a hoot. It's a little like repainting the Mona Lisa but making her topless. Wouldn't mean that you're saying da Vinci is a talentless git.

27th Nov 2011, 14:25

Shitemaster says:

So, how many works do you have Mat?

2nd Dec 2011, 05:03

Shitemaster says:

besides the flower petals

2nd Dec 2011, 05:05

Shitemaster says:

I hate to be hoggin', but, really, you find this to be funny? I cannot believe you didn't make it on the comedy circuit!!!! You are so freakin' funny!!!! Your jokes are so clever and hilarious!

2nd Dec 2011, 05:09

mat says:

I feel it's probably worth pointing out that I have a friend who knows and works with Andy Goldsworthy, and she thought that he would likely find these pictures amusing. It's entirely possible he's seen them already.

Not certain if some of the comments would go down so well.

2nd Dec 2011, 09:56

Rich says:

I bet Mr Goldsworthy's made a penis out of leaves in his time. Or perhaps a vagina made of pebbles.

2nd Dec 2011, 14:33

Twiglet says:

I'd never heard of him before this thread but his followers have put me off wanting to find out more.

2nd Dec 2011, 15:52

mat says:

No, please don't let them spoil it. Goldsworthy's work is stunning, beautiful - well worth checking out.

2nd Dec 2011, 15:56

Twiglet says:

OK mat : )

2nd Dec 2011, 16:01

Caine says:

Like Twiglet, I'd never heard of him before. Reading the comments, I wasn't too impressed by his fans. Thanks for the link though, Mat. His work is evocative and intriguing.

2nd Dec 2011, 17:08

Gooner Ali(alihoo2-at-yahoo-dot-com) says:

Superbness! (Be damned funny if Andy used some of his own pooh and spelt out Mat.)

26th Dec 2011, 02:37

mad says:


30th Jan 2012, 21:15

Mary says:

i loved the way you reacted to all these so called Andy's "fans". you stayed calm and dealt with them nicely. after a few dozens of not very nice comments, i was expecting cusses and capital letters from you. and when you said "no, please don't let them spoil it" i laughed my head off. obviously these people are not successfully defending andy goldsworthy at all. anyways liked your work mat. keep it up! :)

also, this is the first time i've ever seen anybody pointing out the 'you're not your' thing. i've been annoyed by this but never had the guts to point it out.

27th Feb 2012, 18:33

EAP says:

Ugh. The Google image search really does lead me down idiotic roads every once in a while.

You do realize that Andy Goldsworthy's work consists of much than just configuring leaves into cusswords, right? He is a planner, a visionary, and a man who has great respect for the natural world.

I hope you're about fifteen years old or so. If so, I'll give you a pass based on youth-based ignorance. If not, you're pathetic.

3rd Mar 2012, 03:09

mat says:

You know what was most interesting about doing this?

Just how hard it was. Even to produce something so simple, such a pale shadow of the artworks I love so much, was incredibly difficult. Each of these pictures took a lot longer to set up than you might imagine. The simple act of looking through some leaves to find ones which could sit next to each other showed me just how much variation one tree could produce on the same theme, how much the effects of sun and rain, wind and decay could change something from it's neighbour.

Getting hands on gave me a whole new level of respect for Goldsworthy, and his work, something I haven't got in the many years of just looking I've done.

3rd Mar 2012, 07:48

becca and eloise rock braaah says:

dude this is epic thanks for the entertainment p.s those people whingeing need to get their heads out of peoples arses and get a sense of humor... FACT

peace out brahhhhh xD

7th Mar 2012, 02:43

lib says:

If it brought a smile to your face and a little giggle under your breath, like it did me, then this is a good thing folks..lets all lighten up!.

7th Jun 2012, 12:02

Andy Goldsworthy(donotreply-at-yahoo-dot-com-dot-au) says:

Listen, I understand if you think it is fun to parody artists, but you sir, have gone too far.

21st Jun 2012, 13:29

chuck says:

Come on man! even Andy would have to get a chuckle out of this.

27th Jul 2012, 17:00

Jason says:

Just reminds me of what I've always said: There's nothing so beautiful that some idiot somewhere doesn't want to ruin it.

9th Aug 2012, 15:49

Natalie says:

omg after hours of homework having to research this guy, this is the only thing to make me laugh I LOVE YOU

19th Sep 2012, 15:47

taniwha says:

I love the way this has run and run. I'm still not sure if Mat is a visionary or history's greatest monster.

19th Sep 2012, 16:33

anonymous says:

neither.. he is irrelevant... these images are irrelevant
this is just a silly/amusing internet spoof... totally unworthy of this much attention...

24th Oct 2012, 02:02

Crystal says:

I love Andy... but I was looking for pics and this made me crack. Up. It's funny!

...I still love Andy Goldsworthy... just it was a break from doing hours of resaerch for a stupid brochure I have to make.

20th Feb 2013, 01:56

Crystal says:

I love Andy... but I was looking for pics and this made me crack. Up. It's funny!

...I still love Andy Goldsworthy... just it was a break from doing hours of resaerch for a stupid brochure I have to make.

20th Feb 2013, 01:56

caldeisofcbus says:

people take temselves to seriously. what a bunch of bores. goldsworthy=greatness. potty humor=goodness. wonder how many of the dumbasses that are freaking out over this are products of higher education. 'TARDS...

21st Mar 2013, 16:10

Anonymous says:

oops. TOO

21st Mar 2013, 16:11


wow. the more comment i read, the more that i am convinced that YOU ARE ALL TARDZ.

21st Mar 2013, 16:13

rammmmmmboooooooo says:

leaves leaving live living leave life

9th Apr 2013, 10:46

And it still continues to raise a remark, well done mat :D

9th Apr 2013, 11:12