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.
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.
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.
Trees grow tall, trees grow small very small.
Trees leave no footprint, trees leave leafs and take your footprint within them to eat up our vandalising breath.
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.
While reading the new ‘LandArt book’ Expeditie Land Art it occurred to me that magical word empty, in Land Art.
On page 89 you find the start of a description of the writers visit to Lightning Field from Walter de Maria.
What Walter achieved with this piece of Land Art is to create the experience of an empty field, a field which will stay empty for many generations to come.
Most fields will not achieve that, that immense feeling of emptiness.
A filed is never truly empty, bare, blank, deserted there is something always something. YET, it can give you that feeling of being purposeless, meaningless never unfinished.
Walter de Maria made sure to preserve that feeling in the whole of the creation and preservation of his work The Lighting Field.
People will say and did say this is no art but than was it his purpose to create art or was it to preserve a landscape on the brink of disappearing of this planet.
Due to his planting of metal rods you now can visit this place with just 5 others alone without; phone, tv, radio, books, magazines, internet for at least 24 hours to experience empty, silence, idle, clear vision.
Everything in our lives has some kind of monetary value yet the most important aspects of life appears to us free of any charge. It will not be for long and than when it is gone perhaps than we realise what we have sold.
At times people see gardens as museums for special plants, perhaps we can see the forest as a place for special trees.
While we wander around the forest remembering fairytales, wondering gnomes under our feet, a distant call of the fluttering bird, do we see what it could be.
Alan Songfist did.
Making art by planting trees in the shape of that or perhaps that other fluttering bird.
An amazing piece of art hidden for the human eye yet clearly seen by bird-eyes.
An other fantastic piece of work from Alan Songfist is “Time LandScape” again made with trees, situated in New York City.
Agnes Denes is an other land artist who created forest art, with a more hidden message of ‘this will never be sold’.
How about a cathedral made with living trees, well more than one person had that idea but like paintings no Land Art is the same. Whipsnade Tree Cathedral is a 9.5 acres cathedral created and planted by Mr Edmond K. Blyth, starting in 1932 long before the land art movement came along.
The Tree Cathedral by Giuliano Mauri is made with hidden trees as in each column a young Beech tree is growing. The columns are made with branches and sticks woven into a structure which is more than just a tree protector.
The Green Cathedral “De Groene Kathedraal” made with Birch trees not to last forever but leaving a lasting memory of trees on the new created land in the Netherlands.
Marines Boezem was born just 2 years after Mr. Blyth started to plant his green cathedral.
From the ‘Green Cathedral’ it is a short drive to go to “Het MuseumBos” where you can find several pieces of land art created with trees.
Land Art Forest will not be a new idea but than who made the first painting? How many paintings did follow?
Lets wish we create just as many Land Art Forests as we created paintings.