Land Art is an art movement which is used in the form
of sculpture, started in the late 1960s.
Artists used natural and organic materials such as
rocks, wood and synthetic materials to create these
sculptures which would then be left to erode under
natural causes, this meant that a lot of the time these
kind of works could only be viewed in photographs.
These sculptures would often be created in open spaces
in sight of the public eye.
Richard Shilling is a British
artist who creates sculptures
using only natural materials
gathered from where the
sculpture is actually going to
He doesn’t use anything like
glue or string to create his
pieces and a lot of the time,
most of his sculptures will
only last for a few minutes
before the weather destroys
Autumn butterfly –
Dog wood, maple leaves and thorns
Norwegian Maple Autumn Fire Wheel –
Woven dogwood, Willow Wheel and Norwegian
His Artwork started a few years
ago when he moved house.
He saw a structure of rocks which
had no purpose to them.
After that he started looking at an
artist called Andy Goldsworthy.
By looking into Andy
Goldsworthy, he realised what
he could discover through
nature and started creating his
own little sculptures to reflect
what he saw.
Woven hazel stick ball with teasel heads
Andy Goldsworthy is a British
artist who is very much inspire by
natural and organic shapes and
In all of his works, he tends to use
snow, ice, leaves, rocks etc.
When a specific sculpture has
been made, Goldsworthy tends to
record it as a photograph before it
disappears or during the
This is one of his pieces called the
Goldsworthy used human saliva
to join all the spikes together.
Leaves which have been polished with grease
and then pinned down with thorns
underneath the tree from where the leaves
A slab of frozen snow has been cut and
then each level of the circle has been
scraped/picked out with a stick to the
point where the stick almost goes
through the last layer.
That way the sun can shine through the
Goldsworthy didn’t intend to make his mark with the sculptures he made because
he knew that a lot of the time, the weather would destroy them.
Instead he decided to work with the area as it was, so that he could create a
sculpture and then capture it in a new perception.
‘’Place is found by walking,
direction determined by
weather and season.
I take the opportunity each
day offers: if it is snowing, I
work in snow, at leaf-fall it
will be leaves; a blown over
tree becomes a source of
twigs and branches. ‘’
An American artist who is
widely known for his take
on the ‘Pop Art
He uses this movement to
create huge Land Art
sculptures in the most
random public places.
The ideas of his sculptures
came from his early works
when he wasn’t a
He used a lot of common
objects such as figures,
signs, food and cheap clothing.
Before making the giant sculptures, Oldenburg saw his ideas as drawings and paintings, he
would call them the imaginary outdoor monuments.
These ideas also took the form of collages or poetic drawings, he would draw a common
object like a spoon and he would put it into a landscape.
The spoon would be huge compared to the buildings.
As he became more involved with the drawings, he started to imagine them for real and
soon after he created his first sculpture which was ‘Lipstick Ascending, on Caterpillar
Installed in front of
the Beinecke Rare
Book Library at Yale
University in 1969.
Satu Maaranen uses the idea of the nature
within her garments in an artistic way.
John Rocha used the shape of Andy Goldsworthy’s
sculptures to create his own collection.