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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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.

 

 

 

The Garden as ART

While sitting by the riverside with a blogger, the subject garden as art came briefly up in the conversation.
Why can’t a garden be a piece of art? There are many and many more examples of gardens as artistic expression.
When you enter an art-college you will not find any courses to become an artist in the media gardening, is that a reason to not see a garden as a way to express yourself artistically?

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For 27 years now the Garden Festival at Chaumont-Sur-Loire shows, you sure can create a garden as a piece of art.
24 small gardens from around 100 square metre are create according to a theme, last year theme was ‘Flower Power’
As in any other exhibition you see several artistic expressions of the exhibition title.
Last your i was there.

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Perhaps it is the sheer 1000 ways of gardening that scares people of, maybe.
One garden that has been excepted by the art community, including art colleges, is the garden by filmmaker Derek Jarman.
He created against all odds an amazing garden, he was no gardener had little knowledge. He went along in the locale landscape and collected rocks, wood, old iron and created. A poem appeared on the site of the cottage as a part of the garden.

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There are so many, many and even more ways to use natural material to create a piece of art in the frame of a garden.
An other famous piece of work at the other site of the spectrum of scale is the garden from Charles Jencks with the title Garden of Cosmic Speculation.
He went ahead with the bigger machines to create a new concept for landscaping and created art. You can see it like a sculpture where you can walk inside and what you never can see at once.

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We are not talking here of a sculpture in the garden but the garden as a sculpture, a garden is 3 dimensional.
The art can be minimum using just 6 trees to express more than just an image. Artist Jaume Plensa used poetry, trees and brons to create a small minimum garden which will grow steady on, The Heart of Trees.

 

 

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The new trend, in gardening is vertical gardens, using space optimal.
Italian artists used vertical gardening to express Flower Power in a colourful way.
Entering the garden you see white flowering plants in white cubes in walls and at the back a reflection of colours in metal.

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Walk and turn and you see the other site of the walls planted in colours. The title was “Monochrome Blanc” and my favourite of the 24.

Number two was the Hot planet garden from Alexis Tricoire, who explored the power of plants to survive the heating up from our planet.

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A garden as art will always change and grow. When you let it go and grow it will fall apart to create natures own expression of emotions. Perhaps therefor people don’t want it as art, you can’t hang it in a museum for generations to come to admire the same picture year after year, century after century.
When you leave the garden it will appear again like a lost message in time, revealing what once was lost.

When you have a garden create a space no matter how small to do something artistic, forget all the norms and regulations.
No garden, no problem use any bowl to create the same.

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Not a sculpture in the garden but the garden being the sculpture.

Like any other art it will take time to learn, to get to know the material you want to work with.