It is artwork created by artists concerned with the state of our environment worldwide and with their local situation.
Environmental artists often work in these ways
They interpret nature creating artworks to inform us about nature and its processes or about environmental problems we face
They interact with environmental forces creating artworks affected or powered by wind water lightning even earthquakes
They re-envision our relationship to nature proposing through their work new ways for us to co-exist with our environment
They reclaim and remediate damaged environments restoring nature in artistic and often aesthetic ways
3 Diana Lynn Thompson
Diana Lynn Thompsons thoughtful and visually stunning artworks bridge the gap between art in nature installations and community-based conceptual art. Whether meticulously numbering or adding peoples names to thousands of leaves or distributing engraved seashells to 140 people from around the world as gifts to the sea (and carefully documenting the process) Thompson links ordinary people to the nature of her native Canada. She believes the process is the teacher.
Hundreds and Thousands was a year-long project where Thompson numbered every leaf on five trees as well as wrote poetry on additional leaves in a park in Surrey British Columbia. As the leaves fell Thompson washed and flattened and then pinned all 38000 of them with the help of visitors to the Surrey Art Gallerys walls. Leaves inscribed with poetry were left for visitors to chance upon them in the park.
4 Hundreds and Thousands 5 James Turrell
James Turrell is an internationally acclaimed light and space artist whose work can be found in collections worldwide. Since childhood Turrell has been fascinated with the qualities of light
A James Turrell skyspace is a freestanding enclosed chamber large enough for about 15 people and designed and constructed with utmost precision to heighten our sense of sight and perception.
Inside the skyspace visitors sit on a bench and view the sky and atmospheric changes through an opening in the roof. On rainy days a moveable dome covers the opening and a secondary light source creates a seemingly infinite visual space beyond the roof aperture.
Turrells work is meant to be taken in slowly quietly and over time. The Skyspace experience varies at different times of the year and different times of day. Visitors are encouraged to stop in again and again to sit back and absorb the effects of the Skyspace over the course of the seasons.
Visitors are also encouraged to swing by the Henry Art Gallery after dark to see the spectrum of intense colors that the exterior of the Skyspace emits when lit by thousands of computer controlled LED lights embedded in its glass panels.
6 Skyspace 7 Andy Goldsworthy
(British artist born in 1956 living in Scotland)
Works directly with nature produces site specific sculpture and land works situated in natural settings. He uses materials in nature such as leaves twigs flower petals pinecones sand snow and stone. His works are fragile and ephemeral because he has an idea that an artwork too has a natural life that eventually must end like the growth and the decay in nature.
8 Andy Goldsworthy 9 Andy Goldsworthy 10 Andy Goldsworthy 11 Christo Jeanne-Claude
An artistic duo known best for wrapping objects and buildings as well as other types of enivironmental art.
Although their artwork is visually striking and often controversial due to its size and scale the artists have repeatedly denied that their projects contain any deeper meaning. The purpose of their art is intended to simply make the world a more beautiful place or offer a new way of looking at an old landscape.
David Bourdon has called Christos wrappings a revelation through concealing.
The couple are partners in all undertakings.
12 Tree Wrappings 13 Island Wrapping 14 Valley Curtain 15 Umbrellas 16 Kathryn Miller
Environmental art by its very nature moves beyond the confines of the gallery and is often motivated by an impulse to integrate artistic practice more fully into daily life. Southern California artist Kathryn Milers Seed Bombs project (1992-1994) makes physical this transition.
Miller designed portable seed bombs which could be used for landscape re-vegetation. Made of rich soil and the seeds of native California plants compacted into egg like balls. But Miller wanted viewers to take the seed bombs and throw them somewhere that was in need of planting by building construction or otherwise degraded zones. She wanted to see native plants flourish again in these areas. Miller seeks to engage in a social action by using her artwork and links the rarefied environment of the gallery space with nature at large
17 Seed Bombs 18 Seed Bombs Growing 19 Chris Drury
He is interested in the relationship between nature and culture. He travels around the world and works extensively with small communities in Europe Japan and America. He makes work that fits with the needs of the community and is an integral part of the landscape.
A defining characteristic of all his works is that they draw attention to something which is outside of the work itself they are not self-referential.
20 Body as a Landscape project
This is a project that looks at Body as Landscape or systems within the body and systems on the planet. He works with hospitals and medical technology for this project. He has looked at blood and water flows wave patterns from echocardiograms as well as the formation in rock tree barks and landscapes.
21 Heart of Reeds
Taking the cross section of the human heart as its inspiration he has been creating a reed bed which is located the former railway sidings. This reed bed is designed as an area of water reeds island and earth mounds which people can access via board walks.
22 Walter De Maria
The Lightning Field 1977 by the American sculptor Walter De Maria is recognized internationally as one of the late-twentieth centurys most significant works of art. Commissioned and maintained for public viewing by Dia Art Foundation The Lightning Field exemplifies Dias commitment to the support of art projects whose nature and scale exceed the limits normally available within the traditional museum or gallery. Dia also maintains two other of De Marias projects both located in New York City The Broken Kilometer 1979 and The New York Earth Room 1977.
A work of Land Art situated in a remote area of the high desert of southwestern New Mexico The Lightning Field is comprised of 400 polished stainless steel poles installed in a grid array measuring one mile by one kilometer. The poles two inches in diameter and averaging 20 feet by 7 1/2 inches in height are spaced 220 feet apart. Since it is intended that visitors experience The Lightning Field alone or with a small group of people over an extended period of time Dia provides simple accommodations for up to six people for overnight visits during the months of May through October.
23 Lightning Field 24 Earth Room
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