Concept design/Art

concept

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

perhaps

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).

conceivable

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
idee/denkBeeld ontwerp 

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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mogelijk

   

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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bare root kale wortel

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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euCALL

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.

together we go

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.

 

 

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

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

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.

 

 

SLIDE 5 AND 6

What to prove
by
planting a tree
How to perceive beyond
the green

sixty centimetres
noting more
skinny being in cracked soil

 slight different angle
aspects turned around
to breath
more than sound
when growth outmined viewpoint
against the wind
inside that intersection of no belief

 

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Slide 5 PLANTING TREES

 

Its all done before
and
it will be done again
to form a pattern
close a circle

tree will outgrow you and me
to leave something, we can’t reach
telling stories nobody reads

time will tell
how we feel
interactive transgression
meaning of nature to clean
that what we leave in a leaf
the counter weight of transactions
showing an image  not made by hand

 

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slide 6 other artists

 

to shake it all again
not so sure about the name
as what is in the name of ART
more than poverty over brain
what is it worth
for YOU?

DaBeArt

Forest Museum

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.

Land Art Forest hidden beauty

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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.

Land Art Forest hidden drop

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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.

 

 

What is in the name of a TREE

Hedge Clegyr Boia

Hedge above a hedge

So many people said you can’t grow trees here, so many times they said you can’t grow that tree, but the trees did.
There is still a general notion in Pembrokeshire that you can’t grow trees there. It is even used as an argument in planning regulations of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
Yet, you will find trees growing all over Pembrokeshire, even right on the coast.

Beech and Pine Clegyr Boia

who said i can’t grow here

The list of trees you can grow in such an exposed area should be limited. After reading lots of books about the subject and looking at the landscape, certain tree came definitely on the list.
Others were a pure tryout. The above photo shows a Beech tree (Fagus sylvatica) with an old christmas tree. Both trees planted as a tryout.
The Beech was planted in 2003 but it did little to nothing. The X tree was planted in 2005 and suffered but started to grow after just one year.
In 2010 the Beech decided to follow and this photo is taken on 11 May 2012 showing both trees healthy and with lots of new growth. The top of the Beech is a bit weak and hangs down, perhaps it was a bit too greedy.

Flowering Apple Tree

yes Apple can

So many of the other trees proven them all wrong as well. This Apple tree was planted within a shelter facing south and still today provides lovely Apples.
By an old house, which once served as a small country pub, stand some very old Apple trees in the shelter of some Ash trees and Privet (Ligustrum vulgare).
The privets were not cut for a long time and became open trees, still providing enough shelter for the Apple trees.
Learning from the old the new was planted to grow the same way.
On the northern part of the globe it is handy to have the trees sheltered from north and east and facing south. On the southern part you best provide shelter from south, the heath and not the cold.
Make a kind of horse shoe shelter with shrubs and trees.

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Bramble letting through a young tree

So started a new forest thinking which went well beyond the planting of some trees.
Maintaining 16 acres of land while involved with other Land Art projects and not to forget bringing up a child is a challenge.
Parts of the land had to defend for herself, with some surprising results.
Whenever you go to a blog or website about forestry, you will read about the ‘nasty’ Bramble. A very invasive plant by the looks of it. It literally walks over the land as new shoots grow up at first, then bend down and make new roots for the next step onto the land.
You can cut and pull as much as you want but they keep on going on. In the end just a path was kept free by bending the Brambles back.
One day while doing a routine check i came across a young tree pushing through the Brambles. The tree was never planted it came on its own and was grown over by the Bramble but this seems to help rather than hinder.

Native with NONnative

Native with NONnative

There are many trees and plants for that matter which can be called invasive no matter what their nationality is.
It is a discussion held on many levels in many places about native and nonnative.
An other blogger is giving lots of information about this discussion to prevent the cutting down of a wonderful forest in the name of nonnative tree forest must be replaced.
At times i looked at this issue but did as with all the rest went on and let the trees decide.
The native can live and do live happily next to the nonnative when you give them a change. It is my opinion that diversity is more important in a forest than the native only.
Perhaps the monoculture has created this issue more than we let on.
The Eucalyptus you see here come from that part of Australia which has a similar climate as Pembrokeshire. There are over 700 different Eucalyptus all having their own strength and way to grow. The Eucalyptus on the land are all small Mallee trees, there are even Eucals who don’t grow much bigger than 2 metres (7 feet).
This experience will not stop the discussion but the trees have changed my mind about the native nonnative issue.

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All these lessons have taught me one thing look at the trees in the forests to learn and be surprised.
The trees of Land Art Forest will be many of many different kind benefitting the forest each in their own way. Some will be there for fruits and nuts others for their flowers and nectar and other for their amazing looks and some for their wood.
This forest you will see because of the trees as they will not be planted in lines of one variety. All forest are made by trees, Land Art Forest will be trees.