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Land Art Explored

Updated on February 21, 2015

Form, Texture, Geometric Design, Light and Reflection

I've always loved different textures and shapes of natural objects, so I loved the discovery of artists who take the use of natural materials to an ubelievably divine level!

This is my exploration of some of them...hope you enjoy this with as much delight as I did!

Photo Credit: Syti.Net

Some of my favorites

South African Rocks!

Strijdom van der Merwe - South African Land Artist

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WOW! Who would have thought to do this with DEW?!

Early morning on the Braak in Stellenbosch
Early morning on the Braak in Stellenbosch

I just LOVE this idea!

Nils Udo - Wow!

Andy Goldsworthy - British Artist

...unbelievable use of flowers!

A Walk through Andy Goldsworthy's Art

Sit back and enjoy this visual journey through some amazing creations in Nature.

So exactly what is Land Art?

From the artists themselves...

Strijdom van der Merwe: "As a land artist, he uses the materials provided by the chosen site. His sculptural forms take shape in relation to the landscape. It is a process of working with the natural world - using sand, water, wood and rocks. He shapes these elements into geometrical forms that participate with their environment, continually changing until their final probable destruction. What remains is a photographic image..."

After seeing what he does with rocks on the beach, I'll forever think differently about stretches of sand...

Joern Hansen: "My land art sculptures, projects and installations are primarily created on location, and made with materials found there, or other nature materials (ex: branches, leaves, wood, driftwood, and stones). I emphasize that the sculptures may enrich or give an extra dimension to the site. My intention is that the sculptures and installations are experienced as an addition to the local nature. The inspiration may come from something already found in the location, a material, a root, a form, a wood block, a stone,- something that can be drawn into the foreground or emphasized. Perhaps expressing a feeling, an idea, or a mood that arises from, and suits the history or spirit of the location."

Wikipedia on Land Art

Land art, Earthworks, or Earth art is an art movement which emerged in the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s, in which landscape and the work of art are inextricably linked. Sculptures are not placed in the landscape, rather the landscape is the very means of their creation. The works frequently exist in the open, located well away from civilization, left to change and erode under natural conditions. Many of the first works, created in the deserts of Nevada, New Mexico, Utah or Arizona were ephemeral in nature and now only exist as video recordings or photographic documents.

The best known piece, and probably the most famous piece of all land art, is Spiral Jetty (1970), for which the American Robert Smithson arranged rock, earth and algae so as to form a long (1500 ft) spiral-shape jetty protruding into Great Salt Lake in Utah. How much of the work, if any, is visible is dependent on the fluctuating water levels. Since its creation, the work has been completely covered, and then uncovered again, by water.

If you're into the History - this might give some insight

Land Art
Land Art

There are really amazing people in this world!

 

I personally prefer the smaller, more intimate versions of land art.

— Marlene

Some Featured Artists

There's a lot out there,

so this will be an ongoing task!

Watch this space!

Joern Hansen - European

And all that remains is the photographic image...

Strijdom loves working in or near water

Goldsworthy - about the photograph

"My approach to the photograph is kept simple, almost routine. All work, good and bad is documented. I use standard film, lenses and no filters. Taking the photograph is not a casual act. It is very demanding and a balance is kept in which documentation does not interrupt the making. Each work grows, stays, decays - integral parts of a cycle which the photograph shows at its height, marking the moment when the work is most alive. There is an intensity about a work at its peak that I hope is expressed in the image. Process and decay are implicit in that moment. A drawing or painting would be too defined. The photographs leave the reason and spirit of the work outside. They are not the purpose but the result of my art. As Yves Klein said of his monochrome paintings: 'They are the left-overs from the creative process, the ashes. My pictures, after all, are only the title deeds to my property which I have to produce when I am asked o prove that I am a proprietor.'

That art should be permanent or impermanent is not the issue. Transience in my work reflects what I find in nature and should not be confused with an attitude towards art generally. I have never been against the well made or long lasting.

The photograph does not need to shrivel and fall to the ground for change to be part of purpose. It is an outdoor experience expressed in an indoor place which uses the conventions of that place to keep its meaning clear. It is appropriate to that space as it would be inappropriate to hang a framed photograph from a tree in a wood.

If the photograph represents the work alive, then work brought indoors becomes its husk. Much of the energy is lost: stones become isolated and leaves dry out ...yet there is still enough meaning left. Not only does such work explore the relationship between indoor and outdoor alongside the image, it emphasises the physicalness of what I do."

A Wonderful Inspiring Calender - by Land Artist Martin Hill

This is definitely on my Wish List! It's simply stunning!

Land Art 2014 Wall Calendar
Land Art 2014 Wall Calendar

The most beautiful Images...

Right on your own wall!

 

Some of the photos in Martin Hill's Calendar

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Nils Udo

Sculptural Art

with just a touch of red...gorgeous!
with just a touch of red...gorgeous!

Inspiration for next trip to the beach

Gives another meaning to beach combing...
Gives another meaning to beach combing...

Classic use of sticks!

Bird's Nest (Huge!)
Bird's Nest (Huge!)

Display of patience, perfection & ability - Richard Shilling

I just love stone cairns!
I just love stone cairns!

More colourful samples - by Nils Udo

...using seeds, berries and leaves

But there's just something about sticks & water

Leaves & Light

I love the patterns created by this
I love the patterns created by this

And then there's Sand...

such simplicity
such simplicity

You think THAT was cool?

Have a look at THIS!!!

Circles in the Sand

Surfer Beach Art - Enter Jim Denevan

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Sand Master! Jim, You're Awesome!
Sand Master! Jim, You're Awesome!
Sand Master! Jim, You're Awesome!

The Sheer Scope...

Can you BELIEVE This?!
Can you BELIEVE This?!

How is it done? You ask... - This is how Jim Denevan does it...unbelievable!

An amazing interview with Land Artist Jim Denevan. It shows how he goes about making these huge works of art on beaches and what drives him. Inspiring!

There's also a Snow Artist!!! Simon Beck is Awesome!

He WALKS...MILES to create these stunning works of art!
He WALKS...MILES to create these stunning works of art! | Source

Ooooh, so now you want to explore yourself?!

Well, why didn't you say so?

Some Inspiration for your own creations

Natural: Simple Land Art through the Seasons
Natural: Simple Land Art through the Seasons

Perfect for inspiration to do more than just walk in Nature, but to ENGAGE!

 

What do you doodle with? More permanent things, like pen, paper and paint, or sticks and stones?...and bush and bones?

Let us know so we can come and ogle it, please!

Or just scribble your take this amazing expressional art here...

So - have you made your own yet? - or do you just love this?!

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      MarleMac 3 years ago from South Africa

      @Heidi Vincent: Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for stopping by!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Spectacular! Thanks for sharing, MarleMac!

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      MarleMac 3 years ago from South Africa

      @Merrci: Thanks Merrci! They are quite awesome. Stunning works, glad you enjoyed it!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Wow, what amazing art and photos! Enjoyed seeing these so much.

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      MarleMac 3 years ago from South Africa

      @VioletteRose LM: Thanks VioletteRose! Glad you stopped by.

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      This is really interesting, the pictures look really great :)

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      MarleMac 3 years ago from South Africa

      @Merrci: My thoughts exactly! Thanks for stopping by on my piece of virtual sand, Merrci.

      Great idea! I'll add some "How they did it", it's amazing, isn't it?

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      What amazing creations and beautiful art. I'd enjoy seeing how they did them-especially all the circles in the sane. Great lens!

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      norma-holt 3 years ago

      Those pics are awesome. Love this art form and find it quite fascinating the way some people find to express their creative talents. Beautiful lens and nicely presented information.

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      MarleMac 3 years ago from South Africa

      @smine27: Thanks, Shinichi! I LOVE textures and especially natural ones! Thank you for the visit and like!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I truly enjoyed the variety of photos here. Amazing textures!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Such great designs! Thanks for sharing. - Ms. Charito from the Philippines

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      MarleMac 3 years ago from South Africa

      @tonyleather: Thanks Tony! Love the creativity and different approaches of these amazing people!

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      I absolutely adore the work of land artists, and am planning several lenses featuring them. This is a very comprehensive and interesting lens. Thanks!

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      MarleMac 6 years ago from South Africa

      @ShamanicShift: Merry Xmas & Happy New Year!

      Happy you're inspired! That's the idea! Yay!

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      ShamanicShift 6 years ago

      Creating a land art meditation space is on my bucket list. This lens of wondrous examples is just what I was looking for as I research and plan.

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      MarleMac 7 years ago from South Africa

      @anonymous: Soooo sorry Richard, I did this as soon as I realised the ommission...I usually do this. OOOPS!

      I managed to find your blog and added this to the list above as a resource.

      Your work is fabulous. Thanks for doing it and sharing!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hi, you are using one of my photos here - Clougha Egg Cairn. I generally don't mind people blogging my pictures but I do ask that there is a link back to the original and to me when they are posted. I would be grateful if you could add some links as there is no indication of who created and owns the image.

      Many thanks

      Richard

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Amazing stuff.....have always been a keen admirer of this artform and tried some myself....living in NZ is a great inspiration to create these works too.....

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      MarleMac 7 years ago from South Africa

      [in reply to MiaBellezza] Amazing! I also think there's something about a stack of stones, it stirs something in you, doesn't it? Thanks for stopping by! ...Gotto go find some stones...

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      Bellezza-Decor 7 years ago from Canada

      I walk or bike several times usually through numerous streets and bike trails in my area. I have noticed this year several homes stacking stones, similar to the first picture in your lens. I don't know why, but I feel there's something mystical about the stacked stones. 5*

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      Smitty 7 years ago from Arizona

      I love your pictures... Great lens!

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      FantasyDesigns 8 years ago

      I've never thought about doing something like this. It looks pretty cool. 5 *'s