Land Art

Land art is a style of art that involves sculpting or making the land itself part of the installation. It’s either built out straight into the landscape or by assembling art structures in the landscape with natural objects or materials like boulders, twigs, or rocks.

Land art is sometimes known as Earth art and is often documented as maps or photographs that artists can exhibit online or in art galleries. It was considered part of the larger conceptual art movement in the 1960-1970s. Best-known land artists include Dennis Oppenheim, Michael Heizer, Walter de Maria, Robert Smithson, and Richard Long.

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. In the act of protest against global warming and economic inequality, she planted an expansive wheatfield in a landfill created after the construction of the Twin Towers, in downtown Manhattan, in 1982. The field stretched two acres and …

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The story behind Walter de Maria’s impressive Lightning field

The Lightning Field created by sculptor Walter De Maria is today celebrated as one of the 20th century’s most noteworthy installations of land art. As one of the seminal artists and the founding fathers of land art, Walter De Maria completely revolutionized how audiences perceived art, especially during the 1960s, when the land art movement …

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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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Walter de Maria - The New-York-Earth-Room-1977 feat

Walter de Maria’s New York Earth Room – What makes it a crowd pleaser?

Walter de Maria was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century having participated in four popular movements including installation art, minimalism, land art, and conceptual art. He was an astute artist who drew upon elements of sublime and mathematical absolutes in some of his installations and large-scale sculptures. Walter de Maria revolutionized …

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Jaehyo Lee (이재효) & his massive organic sculptures – Our top 10

Jaehyo Lee (b. 1965, Hapchen, South Korea) graduated in 1992 with a BFA from the Hong-Ik University in Seoul. Combining distinct traces of Land Art, Arte Povera and Minimalism Lee´s works cast a questioning eye over the roots of form, its function and its role within the natural world. Lee´s works willfully play with the …

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