Andy Goldsworthy works with nature only and creates so-called land art. His works are vulnerable and transient. For his ephermal works, Goldsworthy often uses only his bare hands, teeth and found tools to prepare and arrange the materials.
Nestled between hills in the eastern Sahara desert bordering the Red Sea in El Gouna, Egypt is an awesome piece of land art entitled Desert Breath. Between 1995 and 1997 this site-specific installation was created by the D.A.ST. Arteam, comprised of installation artist Danae Stratou, industrial designer and architect Alexandra Stratou, and architect Stella Constantindies.
8,000 square meters of sand were displaced to create large positive and negative conical volumes which form two interlocking spirals that expand from a water-filled center across an area of 100,000 square meters.
17 years since it was created, Desert Breath still exists, “becoming through its slow disintegration, an instrument to measure the passage of time.”
Deep in the woods of southern France, artist Spencer Byles transformed the forest into a mysterious wonderland through a series of spectacular, organic sculptures. Byles spent a year immersed in the woodlands of La Colle sur Loup, Villeneuve-Loubet, and Mougins for this ambitious project, using only cables and natural, found materials to create his stunning works of art.
The work of Javier Riera born in Avilés, Asturias, Spain, is based in geometric shaped light projections, striked directly onto vegetation and landscape. He uses photography as a means for registration and spreading of the happening, without digital manipulation whatsoever. Thus, it’s centered in an experience of real intervention onto “the space and time of the landscape”, something that approximates him to the LandArt proposals.
Beautiful land art installations by Ireland-based artist Gerry Barry
Gerry Barry has been making installations on poetic landscapes across the Irish countryside. Barry’s installations often feature simple shapes,
primarily the circle. Water is a key element of his creations and his
ephemeral artworks are meant to coexist with the elements of nature.
English artist Simon Beck never ceases to amaze us with his large-scale murals of geometric patterns in snow. Each visually breathtaking piece, which Beck manually creates by walking through the snow and leaving behind his track prints, adds a surreal element to its natural landscape. Walking countless miles on end, the dedicated artist manages to produce startlingly symmetrical and elaborate designs on the soft, white bed of snow that covers acres upon acres of land.
Bavarian artist Nils-Udo is known for his site-specific installations built in situ with local, natural materials—leaves, berries, hay, bamboo, flowers. While he distinguishes these projects from his urban pieces, where he uses non-organic materials like concrete—again, materials that are appropriately “local” to the environment—both types of installations consider the relationship between natural and built environments, and the limited lifespan of the natural world.
"The aspect of art now completely faded into the background. What I wanted was to live, act and work in symbiosis with nature in the
closest possible way. The sphere of nature simultaneously became the
sphere of art, in which I inscribed myself."
Gerry Barry has been making installations on poetic landscapes across the Irish countryside. Barry’s installations often feature simple shapes, primarily the circle. Water is a key element of his creations and his ephemeral artworks are meant to coexist with the elements of nature. Text Via