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ANY LANDSCAPE

Actually LandArt can be lots more than ‘a conversation with nature or landscape questioning our relationship with the land and nature’. Or even that wonderful wording of re-order our response to place, landscape or nature. What then? 

Look at this video of Andy Goldsworthy:

The conversation uses little words but what he says sounds the perfect wording for what Land Art might be or could be, if you let it happen. His questioning happens in silence and his response  last perhaps just a day.
The word INTUItion jumps out, something we forget to use, a perception that feels stupid yet creates. He leaves reasoning behind while walking and in a way connecting to wherever he goes.

 An other important wording all landscape. You can create Land Art in any landscape, you will find material to create whatever. Forget about a plan, let it happen while going. The change it will fail doesn’t matter, the change it all fall apart, makes it. The different approaches to each landscape as we all see that landscape different.

The collecting of material found in the landscape plays a central role as well. So come material landscape and intuition together in the creating of Land Art. The Land Art stays in place but vanish with time and some material stay longer than other; leaf against wood, wood against stone.

In the case of the waterfall you see the fallen wood made it possible to make drifting wood, the doodval will stay, while the drifting wood will flow away. Only the photo of the Land Art sells at time you create more for the photo, the pretty picture, than the Land Art, our society demands the selling particle.

Why would you need a long artists statement, why would you need a title?? Land Art speaks for herself.
Land Art not sculpturing nature but connecting culture with nature. A question could you create Land Art in the urban landscape?
Have a look at the video it will make your day or even week.

Soms kom je iets tegen dat je laat zien wat je niet kan zeggen. Deze video zegt zoveel meer over Land Art of landschap kunst dan de vele boeken en tijdschriften die een omschrijving zoeken wat misschien gewoon geen woorden nodig heeft. Andy Goldsworthy    zegt weinig maar de paar woorden die gesproken worden laat heel wat zien over Land Art. Ieder landschap geeft haar eigen geheimen prijs als je er open voor staat. Loop niet door, loop niet over maar ga effe zitten om het tot je door te laten dringen.
Verzamel wat er zoal verspreid ligt en maak Land Art waar je ook bent. In Nederland vind je veel het stedelijke landschap maar ook hier kan je Land Art maken. Een uitdaging voor de volgende weken.

 

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Concept design/Art

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There is no “collective perception” perhaps there never should be.

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Land Art Forest can be called (as it never is but always can) a community art project with direct input from the public, right from the start. The land artist ask you, people who follow me or the new and old members of Land Art Bos to give their ‘perception’ of the Land Art Forest.

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The most creative part of design/art is or better should be the ink and wash (crayons on napkins), sweeping ideas and all the various possibilities. The aim stays to plant a Land Art Forest but the perception and thereby the concept varies (the how and what).

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A social design process to bring about social change how we see the natural world, challenging the pure market-oriendness of design.

Envision, communication, interaction, common set of goals, lets scrape and add. Its noting new just different. Superflex (an Danish Artists Group) has created with the locale community Superkilen an urban park in Copenhagen.

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Lets create some Land Art in nature deprived area’s, deprived because of devastating fires or the always advancing concrete/brickwork. Holland, Portugal, Wales, Australia are the places on the agenda. Express concerns or issues through artistic approach, to trigger changes and events.

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You can give your ideas as a comment, email, or by the contact form on DabeArt. Some of the ideas already expressed: memory trees to remember people we have lost, outdoor photography, wish-tree, willow weaving (dead or living willow), land art poetry, tree adoption (it will be your own tree) with a growth report and nameplate and …………..

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Tell me which ideas you like or add ideas, tell me your own ideas. See me as the boat of the project, everybody can come on board and the boat keeps the project afloat. 

Looking forwards to hear from you all.    *_*  

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Nederlands
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Het ontwerp van het Land Art Bos ligt in uw handen, groepsontwerp. We zitten in die hele leuke fase van “wat dacht je van deze mogelijkheid” alles kan niets moet.

Mijn Nederlands is een beetje verwatert maar zie mij maar als het bootje dat het project Land Art Bos drijvende houd en iedereen is welkom aan boord. Je kan je ideeën en gedachtes delen per email, als commentaar, via het contact formulier op DabeArt.
Laat maar van je horen, alles is nog open
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AdApT

AdApT
Trees are very adaptable, they can’t run away so they need to deal with whatever hits them. Last we talked about bare roots how much better they are above pot grown. Well how about this for bare roots.

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You find this at the edge of the Cleddau River in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The tidal river wash away slowly but certainly the soil leaving the roots bare. The water is brackish, not making it easier for the tree to cope. Yet, instead of giving up, the trees create with the elements an amazing sculpture and keep on growing on.

with a little help of my friends

This growing force of trees can be used to create art and many do. We only have to look at Japanese Niwaki, garden trees and or shrubs are pruned in amazing shapes. When a horse nibble on a tree is has no intention to shape the tree, but the effect on the tree is the same as Niwaki. In the west we also know some great examples of tree pruning in living sculptures.

David Nash created an Ash Dome as a piece of Land Art in his own private back garden in Wales, sadly the trees are now fighting against a fungus and loosing the battle. Still a sculpture made by man and tree will remain.

Bended Ash

 Whenever you find a self seeded Ash in your garden, think sculpture. Ash seed like mad their seeds travel on the wind in search for some bare ground. They grow fast and are very adaptable. On the plot at Clegyr Boia they adapted in great strength against the constant wind. How longer they were on the land the later they came out of their winter buds to protect their leaves from the wind. 

Weet je het kan gewoon die zogenaamde onkruid bomen in de achter tuin ja nee echt die kunnen gewoon een kunstwerkje worden. Het leuke van tuinieren is dat alles kan dankzij de kracht van de natuur. Bomen passen zich aan en discrimineren niet. Het maakt allemaal niets uit of een paard nu honger heeft of een mens in een kunstzinnige bui, de boom groeit.

Tree Flag

Garden artists use the adaptability of trees to their own advantage or taste, making them grow in different shapes and angels. You will not find a circle of Ash like the Ash Dome in nature but you will find funny shaped Ash.
Now is the best time to bend them young Ash branches or Willow or Sycamore or Poplar or ……… A tree wil always find a way going back up but than in a bended manner. When the tree do give up you have created a wooden sculpture in a free hand style. There are many good books on Niwaki, topiary but the best book is try and error

Land Art Bos will have many bended and twisted trees and them trees who are naturally a bit more twisted and curled.

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Trees Bomen in Land Art, the start

At the last Land Art Bos meeting it was suggested to write some blogs with advise and tips for doing Land Art.
Other artists provide suggestions in using their media to express yourself. OK so here we go.

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TREES, were to start, lets start with planting.
Now is a good time while they are doormat ( in their winter sleep) to plant trees and shrubs, in the norther part of the world.
Many people ask me where to buy trees, good nurseries are hard to find these days and therefore you have a good change to get pot grown trees. Pot grown means the tree is tucked in the pot for much too long, the roots have turned and turned inside the pot with no room to explore.
Some nurseries still transplant their stock in bigger pots from time to time, sadly most don’t. The best way to avoid this is to buy bare root-stock ( kale wortel).

Here is a site which explain perfectly why and this one in Dutch.
At times i go around to rescue trees from nurseries knowing very well they have a big change not to grow. When you have a pot grown tree with turned roots cut them free, see it as pruning of roots, also unwind the roots as much as you can.
Just like with paint when you get the good paint you have half the work as with bad paint. The bad paint you need to work on to get the same result in your artistic use of it.
The difference is trees are alive and therefore deserve the extra work to rescue them in my opinion.
STILL the best way is to grow trees yourself from seeds or cuttings. Yep, most painters do not make their own paint. When you do it give you a change to be more creative with the ‘paint’ TREES. Confused, well this is Land Art you work with nature which is so different to the abstract motion of brush and colour.

An other important issue is the canvas in our case the soil, which come in many shapes and conditions.
You know we chuck lots of good soil producers into the bin like coffee and tea, but that’s for an other day.
A very good soil conditioner is mushroom compost or better to say spend mushroom compost. It is the leftover from mushroom growers and has many good minerals and vitamins for plants.

 

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new fruit garden

 

Still don’t use it every year on your canvas. To be honest most trees only need something extra at planting point just to give them a good kickstart after that they find their own way.
Personally i only use that extra help when planting fruit trees and shrubs so they provide me with some more fruit. The above photo is from my allotment, even their you can grow in a more creative way. BELOW

 

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Do you want to bleach your canvas or leave it more natural the choice is yours.
As you can see the first lines have been drawn on the blank canvas even this will not be the most creative use, more the edible ability will count here.

Questions are always welcome and this will not become an other gardening blog. Still exploring how to achieve Land Art courses for the back garden.

 

 

 

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Re-silence what was said, in morning light.

Aussies

 

So much is said, so many are telling about the genius called Eucalyptus (tyalla).  Where do you start, when there are over 700 Eucalyptus species? When you see one you don’t see them all, it will take more than a morning to recall them all.  LIST

One thing stands high above water, they are tough. You can find an Eucalyptus under some extreem circumstances; with their roots under water or on the rocks. They have been around for a long time, coming and going in New Zealand for example. The last coming was with ships under the sails of human beings taking them all over the world. At times they had been there before and than left.

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This happens in a odd way again. In Wales we grew Eucalyptus from seeds, only them species who could handle the climate and environment of the land Vagdavercustis. Exposed to salt winds and the extreems of wet and dry not to forget the cold. The species which did perform very well come from the cooler parts of Australia, like the mountains in East Australia.

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Surprisedly some of them are doing better in Wales than that they are doing in their native home land. The ‘Eucalyptus parvula’ is almost extinct and the ‘Eucalyptus crenulata’ is listed as threatened in the home-base yet both are doing very fine in Wales. They seem to move from New South Wales to Old South Wales.

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Some of the trees have lignotubers which look like odd lumps at the base of the tree which function as a reserve for the tree to grow again after severe damage. You can cut the tree down to just above the lignotuber and it will grow again. Very handy when you want to use it for Eucalyptus oil.

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The fast growing makes them such a money makers for an industrie of tissues.

Yes, i want to plant some Eucalyptus in the Land Art Bos Spiral, they are beautiful and tough but they have to share the space with many other trees.

Here a link to an other blogger who is busy saving an Eucalyptus forest.

 

 

Aim Doel

The ultimate aim of the Land Art Bos Association is to plant several forests in the shape of a Spiral.
The forests not only function as a place to make Land Art but most of all the forest will be Refugia for nature.

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An Association stands strong with the number of members it has, therefor the first thing is to ask people to become a member of the Land Art Bos Association LABA.
For now there are no costs involved just your name and contact details.

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When we have the numbers it will become more easy to find a piece of land, to find a person or organisation willing to make land available for the planting of the forest.

As a member you not only get regular updates but also can be involved in other Land Art  activities.
Like a football club provide for their members the opportunity to play football, we will ‘play’ Land Art.

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connection

 

refugium

just look to find
hidden treasure
to keep something beautiful

no bricks no mortar to hold it
no glass no lens to filter it
no worries no fears to alter it

it is not for you it is not for me
it is not for fame it is not for prize
it is not for power it is not for domestic

showing an alteration
BY
passive observation
Hidden Shelter
LAND ART BOS

So far we have 14 members the beginning is there. If you want to become a member to support the idea of creating Land Art Bos. Let me know via the contact form on Dabe-Art website.

BACK

 

How did the exposition go? Fine! How did the talk go? Fully taken!

 

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somebody had to take the photo

 

Now back with a changed mind. The last weeks before the expo was filled with legal arguments and research into possibilities. Several meetings followed while i was still doing the last touches to the powerpoint pictures and the photo’s pfffffff. It all fitted just in the suitcase but my mind was wandering and wondering.

 

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LEAVING A LEAF IN PORTUGAL

 

The whole thing made me change my mind once again. It is a huge project but we need to think into this direction, giving to nature, creating new landscapes, making art in nature with nature.  Hansjorg Wyss is a multi billionaire (miljarden), you know that figure with 9 zeros 1,000,000,000 he is giving 1 of them billions to biodiversity. LINK

That is large scale work however this doesn’t mean the small scale has less value for them birds and bees, remember drop in the oceaan, without them drops no oceaan. We can do so much.

 

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AUW

 

Back there along the riverside seeing the natural beauty which gets pushed aside so easy gave me courage. Yep, more trees were planted for the entire month of the exhibition. The plot is small compared with Wyss efforts but can we stand by to see them plots one after an other disappear under diggers and concrete. Instead we can leave what is there and add to it. Jardim LeLien can be an example how you can do it and it sure is a great retreat to experience nature full on.

 

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story wheel at Jardim LeLien

 

First idea was to sell the plot and use the money now it stays and become perhaps the first asset of the Land Art Bos Association (LABA). What i can give i give.
So i started weeding  and put the weeds by the river site to create more land as the river takes and give, actually some boats speed along so fast creating such a wash to literary wash away precious soil. Some of the plants once planted did not make it still remained giving shelter for others. New plants went in every week some more trees like the wonderful Strawberry tree LINK. The link is well worth reading.

 

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young Strawberry tree in the morning dew

 

No need, for lots of money when you find the acorns lay them between wet tissue paper outside and wait for germination to plant.

So the idea grows from past experience to new ways as the growing in Portugal is different than in Wales. (never too old to learn). 

The first members are here as Rio Guadiana give her home to many boaters from all over the world, some of them have been travelling over the seven seas for many years and come from many backgrounds. A prefect start. 

 

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acorn from the Cork Oak with the first small growth