I just had to share some beach art that I am incredibly proud of… my nephew David (15 yrs old) created this amazing large-scale portrait out of sea weed last week while we were down on Padre Island. We were all so blown away – he is truly talented! Way to go David!
Took my lunch break from work today to test out my idea for the first planet, Mercury! My original idea was to use snail shells, but after coming across these colored pebbles at the park where I was doing it – I was instantly drawn to the idea of separating out the white and red pebbles to form the “planet”. Even at its small size, this was very tedious and took up my entire lunchtime! I’m definitely happy with where it’s going, but am going to play around more with the snail shells too. I’m thinking of trying them on top of the red pebbles, and also of having more – as I don’t think I had quite enough this first time to make it work. I will also try a version with all small shells, as the larger ones made it difficult to get the circle perfectly round. Any other ideas out there? =)
I came across the fabulous nature art of Richard Long today while researching for my own nature art project for this month. I was instantly drawn to the geometric forms created… and inspired to do something similar. I’m considering doing my own versions of these types of land sculptures – one representing each planet in our solar system. Each will be carefully constructed of materials that portray specific characteristics of that planet. I may explore other objects from space such as supernovas or black holes if time permits. Am feeling excited about this one!
I found another great artist for February’s topic of “Temporary Art” today. Andy Goldsworthy is a land artist who creates some of the most stunning arrangements out of natural objects. The contrast of the raw, random natural world and the design and order that he creates within it just sing to me. While not all of his pieces are as temporary as Jim Denevan’s from my previous post – there is certainly that feeling of fragility. There’s a sense that, as you are looking at these pictures, the works themselves likely no longer even exist – as if you are viewing an extinct species.
While I could not find an official website for Andy’s work, you can view more of his land art in this Ecosalon Article.
That is all for tonight – I hope this leaves you inspired!