With the arrival of summer in the Rogue Valley, we are surrounded by a growing abundance of nature’s bounty. Flowers abound green hills and mountain sides, as the regions plant kingdom bursts into full force, taking advantage of the long days and warm sunshine combined with thirst quenching periodic showers. This is the perfect time of year for connecting with nature through your creativity. Land art is an engaging activity for people of all ages and helps spread appreciation and awe of the natural world.
British artist Andy Goldsworthy is a great source of inspiration for this type of creative expression. Goldsworthy’s ephemeral work uses found objects (flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pinecones, stones, twigs, and thorns) to create site-specific sculptures celebrating nature. His works are left in the elements to naturally disintegrate, decompose, blow or wash away.
Creating land art can be a great way to engage children in a constructive outdoor activity or provide adults with a meditative way to start or end a day. Give it a try!
Andy Goldsworthy: A Collaboration with Nature, by Andy Goldsworthy