Sticks and stones, twigs and leaves – INSTALLATIONS (part1)

June 7, 2011

*Installation art – incorporates any media to create a visual and/or conceptual experience in a particular environment


Richard Long’s art deals with time, geography, and our relationship to nature. Stones, driftwood, and mud are his medium, simply walking and marking a place are the tools.  40 years of Long’s work reflects his use of natural elements to create art from man’s environment. Similarly, Andy Goldsworthy manipulates nature into artist work, while Christo & Jeanne Claude use manmade materials create new ways to see our landscape. http://christojeanneclaude.net/  Goldsworthy like Long, works to re awaken the artist and viewers connections with the natural materials.

As with all my work, whether it’s a leaf on a rock or ice on a rock, I’m trying to get beneath the surface appearance of things. Working the surface of a stone is an attempt to understand the internal energy of the stone.
Andy Goldsworthy

 The students in the Art & Artist class investigated a unit on Installations and Land Art. In the style of Andy Goldsworthy and Long, each student created an interesting natural sculpture through the materials provided by their natural environment. 

The student uses the sticks in the natural environment to create a negative and positive design, similar to the Land Art circles of Richard Long.

Walking lines in the snow, similar to the work of Richard Long, the student makes the viewer question whether or not the trunks are creating shadows.

Sticks and twigs are stacked in an interesting geometric shape, foreign to the woodland environment.


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