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Top 10 Examples of Extraordinary Land Art

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What happens when landscape meets work of art? Art takes the scale of landscape and the results may be very exciting and unexpected. Discover the most extraordinary pieces of land art that challenge the imagination and engage a more creative and courageous approach when designing the next project. 10. Singing ringing tree This singing sculpture is set in a windy landscape near Lancashire, England, and when the wind blows it produces music. 9. Windstalk This conceptual project combines art, landscape, energy issues, and … romance. More than 1,200 55-meter-high stalks are lit up by an LED array, creating a dreamy star-like night scene. The stalks are organized in a logarithmic spiral resembling the center of a sunflower. The power of the project lies in the fact that it works as a wind turbine array and states that renewable energy can be beautiful, as well. 8. Light and Geometry Interventions Spanish artist Javier Riera and his project challenge the imagination with a disruptive picture of the landscape. Using powerful light, he projects geometrical patterns onto natural landscapes. Thus, the projections can appear to transform a treeline into a two-dimensional plane or to add geometrical shapes to the wilderness. 7. Intricately Patterned Land Art That is Washed Away by the Tides Now, I am sure you have never tried this on the beach. Intricate land art patterns appear just for some hours during the day under the garden rake of the artist before the tide sets in and the waves wash them away. 6. Snow Art by Simon Beck A similar example, but more durable, is the snow art of Simon Beck, a map maker and artist who has been drawing paths with his old-school snowshoes since 2004. Some of his artwork is inspired by the snow itself and the beautiful patterns of snowflakes. 5. The Sky Crater One of our Top 10 Irish Landscapes, the magnificent “Crater”, part of the woodlands at Liss Ard, finds place in this compilation as a landscape project that plays more with humans than with the landscape. Lying on the stone structure — on the bottom — and looking at the dome above is a truly extraordinary experience! 4. Horizons Gibbs Farm is home to more than two dozen pieces of art spread over a 1,000-acre site in North Auckland, New Zealand. Gibbs calls the farm a “sanctuary for the senses”. The stunning works are a massive horn-like sculpture and a 544-meter-long white picket fence that snakes through the landscape. But Neil Dawson’s 45-foot-tall steel may be the most famous of all – a framed outline of a napkin fluttering through earth called Horizons. 3. A Forest by Jim Lambie The last additions to this bizarre collection belong to the same sculpture park that is comprised by many contemporary artists, sculptors, and land artists. The art works in Jupiter Artland are landmarks, events, and confrontation on the journey of discovery. The artist used tessellated panels of painted chrome peeled back to reveal splashes of color. The artwork has a long-lasting dialogue with the natural surroundings, since the changes of the seasons reveal a vast palette of colors. 2. Suck by Anish Kapoor Moreover, to really confront the perceptions, the artist Anish Kapoor placed a 17-square-foot cage in a peaceful surrounding at Jupiter Artland. This cage enables the viewer to witness a void sinking into the Earth, leaving a sense of dislocation and fear of being pulled into the depths. 1. Cells of Life The latest finished project is the “cells of life” landform. The designers nurture the idea of land art as a relationship between each artwork with the topography of the landscape where it is situated. This is the key concept of land art. With its playfulness and diversity in shape and form, it is an outstanding piece of land art. To perform art on the landscape means to take a path that can lead to an open-ended journey. Rule breaking, surprising, touching, beautiful, and sometimes non-understandable land art is a different perspective for designing. See the diversity and create your own piece of art! Recommended reading:

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