Land Art is a completely visceral experience and aroused because of the landscape and or materials around us at the time. It's an intutive sense of what's being offered, a communication with the sentient life in our midst and as it emerges ones relationship with nature is enhanced. Here we take a look at and .....
We're exploring and getting a kick out of things we find in the land. Although some artists create complex art from the land they also create simple images out of it, which is the beautiful thing about land art - it can be effective with few materials and little time invested.
A bit like sharing music sharing Land Art is a simple pleasure. Recently as a result of a pleasant email a contribution by Liz Wallace of Hereford unfolded. A friend, swimmer and all round good person the surprise was that she enjoyed land art and practiced it herself. Below are two of her pieces depicting light and shade and a flower Manadala. They are uncomplicated and effortless pieces but effective. The first has been adapated (cropped) for the site.
There is a load of stuff. Meanwhile lets take a look at a video of a master at work none other than Andy Goldsworthy.
Taken from the documentary 'Rivers & Tides' this clip gives you an idea of what's possible in the land using the materials around you. For the full documentary see this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQiHfgFnY_A
A fine art student, native of Leeds and a farm labourer in his early days he is a photographer and environmentalist in addition to Land Artist. He lives in Scotland and is said to be the founder of modern 'rock balancing' something we like to practice whether on Wye waters, in the city or the woods.
An additional Andy Goldsworthy Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPDH8yCnlk0
Celebrated works by Andy Goldsworthy include: Stone River, Three Cairns, Roof, Icicle Star, Rowan Leaves & Hole and Gold Leaf Trunk, which can be seen here on Pinterest alongside a host of other works. They demonstrate the breadth of imagery that can be achieved.
What's happening in the Wye catchment area? Who is creating Land Art? Where is it being created? One land artist who we've been following is Kate Ragget who appears all over the region and UK creating land art pieces that are striking and resonant. Employing all manner of materials she has appeared at The Big Draw at Croft castle (Herefordshire) working alongside Meadow Arts, created pieces in the Brecon Beacons, Monmouthshire, the Black Mountains, the Monnow Vale and Lugg-Wye Valley at Tidnor Lane East of Hereford City. Often her works speak of the cohesion between people and the natural world primarily due to the communal nature of the projects and works she supervises and ultimately produces. One of our favourite pieces by her is the Lime-washed Red Sandstone Drawing depicted in the Monnow Valley at the Valley Arts Centre overlooked by the Black Mountains. See link above and or opposite taking the time to explore her website.
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Wow! Far Out! Amazing! There are some fantastic land artists out there creating mind blowing experiences in the land. Inspired thinking they are stimulating debate and arousing curiosity. Check out the following for inspiration: Jony Easterby, Richard Shilling, Richard Long, Adrian Grey (Rock Balance), Dr Geebers (Rock Balance), Comic Dave Gorman (Rock Balance), Tony Plant (Water), Linda Gordon, Michael Mcgillis, Tom Stogdon, Heather Jansch, Jim Buchanan, Tom Hare, Trudi Entwistle, Steve Messam, Chris Drury and Liz Lister another one of the many female artists in our list contributing to the ever growing land art movement.
Only 15 years ago land art was relatively unknown and scorned to a degree by the art critic. Yet it's had a long history http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_art . As this article points out it can be traced back to the 1940's if we discount ancient earthworks going back thousands of years. It can be said that all we had as materials way back when was the earth as in the case of rock art, works such as the Uffington White Horse http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uffington_White_Horse Stonehenge and Avebury Stone Circles, which are the most iconic of all land art pieces. There are of course smaller etchings all over the UK captivating in their essence. These Labyrinths in Cornwall http://www.labyrinthos.net/rockyvalley.html are an ideal example of how land was used to convey ideas as far back as the Bronze Age.
All of the above artists it would appear are reviving and keeping alive a form of communication that has been in existence for thousands of years. There work is critical to inspire and keep the land alive and well. This is why we would like to see more land art
It's likened to the 'Great Serpent Mound' in Ohio USA, which dates back 3,000 years and it's said to be the only type of land based communication of its type in Europe. The Rotherwas Ribbon is, or was atleast, one of the most valuable ancient discoveries in recent years. And if you are a land art specialist or sculptor its significance would not be lost on you.
For more details go to: http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=17076 the site will tell you more than we could here.
For the Serpent Mound go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serpent_Mound
ON THE SPUR! The piece above was created on the spot whilst walking a Bulmers orchard in the Wye Valley. Eventually the apples snaked around all the trees in the vicinity. (More Images to follow). On The right Top to bottom - left to right are pieces created in the Lugg Valley Herefordshire, the Monnow Valley Monmothshire and the City of Hereford in a park overlooking the city. The log presented the opportunity to highlight the outline of the moss, the river Monnow offered up the chance to balance stone and the park in the city was strewn with cone and pine needles beckoning a kind of Mandala as a way of invoking that sense of place for the afternoon.
Ancient Culture related link