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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

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Radr0

amazing

radro

that seeking feeling of wanting
wanting to do
to do something
something which matters

not
just a drop
in the biG ocean
something which matters

matter that counts
counts towards a difference
different approach
something which matters

 silence contribution
towards a statement
we care

JA NO 9 and 10

negen
nine
9
good number
they say

 

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the final

 

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So now my task lays with collecting people, people who are willing to create this Land Art Forest.
Community art for nature made with people, wherever you are on this planet.
Nature knows no borders, no nationalities.
Imagine you have trees at a place you can’t be but will never leave.
perhaps
Once a year with an art event we come together one way or an other to find inspiration.
Maybe virtual, possible actual, what ever way, it will be a part of you.

LAND ART FOREST

SKIPPED NUMBER 7

the seven shows
how you can go around and around
till you find them trees you funded
to pick their
fruit
flowers
nuts
seeds
branches

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GOING ROUND UNTIL YOU COME TO THE CORE

 

Write poems in their shade
paint or draw
the light in their leafs
forget that we can’t do a thing
about
as we did do
a lot about it

 

Just two more to go.

 

Slide 8 trees skipped the 7

If you ever hear me saying something bad about trees, call the ambulance as there will be something seriously wrong with me.
In other words i love trees!
There are not many landscapes without trees, even in the harsh environment of cities you will see trees. Trees make hard edges soft.

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It is my honest opinion that trees are artists.
In 2013 i discovered this amazing Beech tree at the Gwaun Valley and came to the conclusion that trees are artists.
Creating Land Art with trees is like a collaboration with a diverse group of artists and there is no way you can tell them what to do and how to represent themselves.
Here you can read about trees as artists and meet the amazing artists the Beech tree.

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Whenever you tell a tree, you can’t do that, there will be one who will prove you wrong. A tree on the rocks, trees on the old building creeping out of a broken window.

 

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Trees grow tall, trees grow small very small.

 

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Trees leave no footprint, trees leave leafs and take your footprint within them to eat up our vandalising breath.

 

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So tell me, just tell me how can you own a tree, how can you own growth from a tree.

Well, you plant them and you plant even more TREES to enjoy their artistic approach to life on this planet.

 

 

Price of ART, once again

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Standing on art markets is at the best of times a challenge, but this time, well let me tell you about it.
Scent of Seven Senses, is a beech wood sculpture made in 2012, and measure 39 x 29 x 7 cm.
It is very smooth even the wood is hard and finished with oil and wax.
This sculpture was used on the last art market as a bit of a try out to see how people value art.
People were asked what price they put on it after telling how long it took to make and that it came from a solid piece of wood.
All sort of interesting discussions came. It didn’t matter how long it took the artist to make it matters what people feel it is worth. Never saw this attitude elsewhere in the commercial market, but ok. People in shops etc usually don’t ask you what is it worth for you, so lets listen.
The prices people gave was and is well under the minimum wage.

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It made me think. The work artists do has little to no value for people? Why is that attitude? How did it develop?
Over the last 21 years i have seen the art market changes and not for the benefit of the artists nor the customers.

A little stroll over the art market made me realise that most people there are not registered traders. It doesn’t mean they are not artists but they seem to sell for a different reason than making a living from it. Once you earn money with your trade you must register in The Netherlands, not when you do it voluntary (as a hobby).

The following article shows how this has been an ongoing problem for artists. You might use the online tools to put the fair price on your art, the fact stays that most people on the markets or in galleries will not pay it.
An alternative is seen on many art markets, the fast art, the faster you make it the cheaper you can sell it.
Yep, plenty of fast art around on the art market i attended, but wood can’t be easy made into fast art. DaBeArt has some small sculptures for a lower price, which we mainly sell on markets. It is an illusion that people will see the difference between the fast art and the slow art.

When talking to artists you see the frustrations we have and share. It seems to be a commercial artist you must leave your artistic expression behind and must adjust your skills to speed.
No more concessions from us artists in this case. The booked and paid art markets will be made into an entertainment for the artists not the passing public.
Here in The Netherlands they have a new name ‘verdien model’ the model for earning money. That model might no longer be art for DaBe

It made me think, will people be willing to pay for the Land Art Forest? ? ?

Perhaps give it an other name without art in the name? Perhaps not?
The aim of the Land Art Forest is to give something back to nature without a commercial aspect.
Still i need to eat and drink and also pay the rent and all the rest, is that too much to ask?

flow 9 it is all in your head

DaBeArt