Environmental Art

Environmental art is a category of art that often looks to address political, social, and ecological issues about urban and natural environments. Some environmental artists usually focus on politically and ecologically inspired works of art, but others use their pieces to reveal our historical relationship with nature. The term was coined in the late 1960s and is generally associated with land art and Earth art.

At their core, environmental artworks use an array of natural materials (such as stones, twigs, etc.) to pay home to the artist’s connection with nature. They are often considered a form of installation art. Some of the most influential Environmental artists include Agnes Denes, Andy Goldsworthy, Christo, Olafur Eliasson and Robert Smithson.

Robert Smithson - Spiral Jetty

Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty – Everything you need to know

Spiral Jetty is one of the most well-known earthwork sculptures, as well as the most famous and influential work by sculptor Robert Smithson. Shortly after the Spiral Jetty was constructed in 1970, it faced various challenges. People have wanted to destroy the project and put the land on which it lies into a different use. …

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Agnes Denes - Wheatfield - A Confrontation, 1982, Battery Park Landfill, Downtown Manhattan

Why did Agnes Denes create this Wheatfield in New York?

Agnes Denes is a renowned Hungary-American and artist with numerous pioneering artworks that carried a prophetic message. She is known for her groundbreaking use of metallic inks and other non-traditional materials in creating an unusual body of exquisitely rendered prints and drawings that delineate her explorations in philosophy, mathematics, science, geography, and other disciplines. In …

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Magdalena Jetelovà’s Iceland Project

Magdalena Jetelovà is perhaps best known the world over for her 1990s work Domestication of Pyramids. In the 1990s, Magdalena Jetelovà transitioned to the artwork that uses light as a tool to define territories and uncover the secrets that our universe conceals. With a combination of laser use and black & white photography, she revealed …

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Why you should explore Andy Goldsworthy’s Wood line

Andy Goldsworthy is a widely known artist famous for creating intricate and elaborate sculptures with his bare hands. He draws his inspirations and motivations to work from a specific location. If he likes the site, he creates art using natural materials he finds around the place, including icicles, stones, mud, flower petals, leaves, twigs, snow, …

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Why did Olafur Eliasson turn these rivers green?

Next March, just like any other month of March, the Chicago Plumbers will dye the city’s river green. They have been doing this since 1962, in loving memory of St. Patrick, celebrating an icon in the history of Ireland and Chicago. Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson mounted another similar project, but with a whole different thing …

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Artist Richard Long’s groundbreaking A line made by walking

The photograph reveals a straight line receding towards tall bushes and trees. It is a straight line of trampled grass that appears in a field. Below the image, the writing says A Line Made By Walking and England 1967. The whole artwork is a documentation of Richard Long’s land artwork. It documents his work: The …

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Olafur Eliasson & a pond in a museum – The Meditated Motion

Throughout his career, Olafur Eliasson has participated in a number of critically acclaimed exhibitions worldwide. His works have been displayed in numerous private and public collections all over the world, including the Guggenheim Museum as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, just to name a few. Eliasson always includes his audience as …

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What are Fujiko Nakaya’s fog sculptures all about?

Fujiko Nakaya’s work is simply transcendent. Primarily featuring fog, her ephemeral creations are always climate-responsive and influenced mainly by nature. Her works are moving and changing and designed to allow visitors to enter and interact with them. Because the fog installations are always centered on nature, the audience experiences are always varied due to the …

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Andy Goldsworthy’s four massive ice sculptures at the North Pole

In 1989, Andy Goldsworthy created four massive snow rings at one the most remote place on Planet Earth, the North Pole. These ephemeral sculptures marked the position of the North Pole and were built around it. Through any of the four sculptures, the direction will always be south. The material was cut and built in …

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Olafur Eliasson’s freestanding waterfall in Versailles

In his 2016 work on the Versailles waterfall, Olafur Eliasson made displacements and destabilization which have changed the perceptions people had about the famous landmark. Before he began his work, he approached the Chateau and gardens of Versailles to experiment whether the project was implementable. His work didn’t involve installing objects but rather coming up …

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Olafur Eliasson’s Weather Project – Why did he try to recreate the sun?

Olafur Eliasson has created a gigantic installation which in 2003 took overall space in Tate Modern, London. The artwork, a sun rising out of a mist, was bound to keep any visitor in awe. In this project named The Weather Project, the Scandinavian artist recreated the sun and the sky to occupy the Turbine Hall. …

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Kaarina Kaikkonen – These are some of her best installations

Kaarina Kaikkonen is one of Finland’s most important artists. She is best known for her inventive use of second-hand clothing pieces (mostly jackets & shirts) and molded craft paper to transform public places like churches, streets and plazas into memorable jacket installations. The environment is incorporated into these installations in some way, resulting in a …

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Magdalena Jetelová’s domesticated pyramids fill up museums

Who is Magdalena Jetelová? Czech installation artist Magdalena Jetelová has made a name for herself in the world of conceptual land art, and the Domestication of Pyramids is hands down her most spectacular work in this art form. Even though she is also well known for her light contraptions and visualizations of nature and landscapes, …

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