Underwater Poem

an other try

Going back doing an other try, making an other, not.
Sticks stayed, dipper drift, tooooooo much debris, need to do it again.

waiting for an better moment

Sticks saved, put secure.
Waiting for the right weather.

The third try was ships law, 3 times lucky.


Line 1 and line 2




line 3 and 4 and 5









Finally the sticks stayed on the beach, not sure for how long.
The work was started at 7 in the morning in all peace without people.
On the way back people started to flow in with whatever they could carry.
The river beaches are a bit of a walk.

The poem will be a part of the Clean Rivers project, this September. What goes into the rivers here can go around many places in the world, even going around the world.
The poem is now in my garden and noting was left in the river, except my footprints, maybe.
The aim is to remind people of the beauty of the spot, without moralising.

Now i need to work on the film a new experience, which will take time.


Land Art Poetry

The idea for Land Art Poetry started many years ago while making the beach art Lupin Curl.

Lupin Curl beach-art


Poetry is always a part of the art made by me, sometimes as inspiration other times as a reaction to the art.
How can you  combine the poem with the LandArt?
At the time i was active on the internet in several platforms and so the idea was to combine them platforms together with LandArt and Poetry.
The group on Flicker Land Art Connection gave a photo from LandArt made by them, which were showed on a Haiku group in Second Life (virtual reality program). The poets choose a photo, wrote a poem for the LandArt. The two were combined printed and became the Land Art Poetry Trail which was showed actually in the Rookery Walled Garden and Vagdavercustis LandArt Garden.
Some photos you can still be seen on Flicker

Land Art Poetry first real poem


From the LandArt Poetry Trail followed poetry written in the landscape.
The beach slate was used on purpose. My mother learned to write on Slate, in the early years of last century. The expression; ‘clean slate’ comes from the old schools when they wiped their slates to write again and again.

The poem was written in reaction on the frustrating climate change conferences failing time after time. Every line was taken from one of the many comments found on the internet.
It was on the waterline which will be altered in the future by climate, that day just by high tide.


LandArt Poetry in and with the landscape


Over the years it developed bit by bit to using found object from the landscape to write with. Crack was written with little white pebbles from the beach filling the writing in the sand.
The spot was the poem. When you stand on the coast path above this beach you see a rock wall with a passing through, only by low tide.
It took two days of making, only one hour to disappear.

A different disappearing


Every landscape has a different disappearing. What you see today   you will not see tomorrow.
At times it goes by tidal flows, other times it goes by seasons and by different interaction of the elements in the landscape.
One poem was lost due to a badger walking through it, day after day.
River poem was changed by the weather, wind and rain.

Other LandArtists also uses poetry as a part of their art, Richard Long used poetry. He used the poetry more like visual poetry written on paper, one example you find here .
You will find other poetry in the outdoors written on walls or engraved in rocks.
Land Art Poetry is different it will not stay all that remains is a photograph.
The letters disappear, most are written with chalk or charcoal. Some letters are written with  white ink. You can imagine somebody finding a pebble on the beach with just one letter on it, makes one wonder.

On my Twitteraccount you will find next week several photos of other LandArt Poetry made by me over the years.
For the new LandArt Poem you need to wait for the right weather conditions, perhaps coming Thursday.




This will be fun, showing you an experiment which did go wrong, not totally wrong.
It just went totally adrift.


The whole thing starts, as always, with collecting material. Drift Bricks bits of bricks which have been washed, turned and turned again to break of the corners.

so far so good

all collected on site like real Land Art

Drift Land Art


A brilliant idea to create Land Art Poetry underwater, taking photos with the new camera.
After some searching found all weather paper, which can be used underwater.
Here we go.


drift going under

At home made some writing and painting. The great thing is when you use soft pastels made with earth pigments, to create some colours on plain note paper. The pigment stays put after you wet it, otherwise it wipes of very easy. Just under the tap is enough.
The paper does not rip easy so you can stitch some rope through it to hang it in the water.
The fun starts here.


It was a still day very little wind, perfect to let it hang in the water NOPE
Boats came and came again and their waves stirred up everything. There is in this place a lot of muddy particles, mixed with pieces of seaweed and all sort. A real soup, that keeps on going, making it impossible to see.
Not good stuff for the camera nor for me. The spot is very polluted, close to big industry which were allowed for years and years to dump their shit in the waterways. The water is now much and i mean much cleaner but the heavy stuff settle in YEP the muddy bits.



Alternative stick it in the sand, the flow is even here too strong to hold it for long in place.


Drift Dribble


It is just underwater only just. However you can create some fun photographs showing the waterflow, seemingly crystal clear.



Lessons learned:
choose the words of the poem carefully
using small words
take a dipping stick to put the sticks deep in the bottom (stability)
the right moment, no wind, no boats
cut the paper in shapes to stick some in the sand
using weights at the bottom of the paper
take the bark of the willows


The real piece of work will have more sticks, harvest on site.
You see even with Land Art you need to get to know the site and the material.
It’s certainly not just sicking some sticks in the ground, not even ground which is underwater.

In the end the floating charcoal looks really good, with the shadow.

This will continue.


ooh gut


Wondering what it is.
It is
at times the camera does what
can not been seen
painting with light
underwater photography
colours change

land art

have a good look
in the centre
you see
she is the wandering
surviving all odds
now growing in a special spot
made for her

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slowly moving from silence night to
day Rush
riverside canalised flowing over Bosch denture giving
childhood memos smell of tar mixed with wildrose eglanteria




daydreaming steering wheel fantasising imaginary
reality hits, river rat, rivergipsy
ship takes where they can’t hit
sounds of water hushing against hulling pressure
wooden shoes on iron decking, rope plopping
lets go where nobody knows
tender memories




at riverside waking what was is gone to an other site
seeing in my mind
feet touching water
Egret flies <camera sink <feather touch
hello there look who’s back
changed sight changed side




it never stays while flowing away
little capsule herstory
sweet water delta Bosch, sheltering secret hidden
moving out after delta plan, moving over to nature
strong minds acting without fist
letting me dream once again



words don’t hurt anymore
sticks break before they hit
horizon is green
my circle round, mind clear, soul flowing
differentiating meanings
Merwede Guadiana Gleddau Hunter Merwede
all flowing in me
better say no more
broken glas for you and me







drifting away in silent
motion commotion
steering afloat od meandering
turning air   coiling water
zigzag   silence   wander
idolised move



at times something happens which you don’t expect
a program with an unusual effect
the effect of the photo created by desktop publishing and
the result needs to be more specifiek so to say
time will tell
For a new project, a new Land Art Project
the core lays in river-wood not just drifting



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.