Inspired by Richard Long and Andy Goldsworthy's beautiful land art, we set off recently while on holiday in Italy, to hunt for natural elements to create an art work with. As let's face it, there comes a time when even the kids have had enough of the pool and need a new distraction. On our stroll Bobby and Minu collected olives, pine needles, bark, other dried plants and a few rocks. Bobby knew immediately what he wanted to do and set to work.
You don't have to be in Italy to create land art. You can do it wherever you are, with whatever you have around you. Just use what you can find when you next go for a walk. It depends a bit on the season and on your location what you can get, but there's always something... Some suggestions of what you could use:
- Leaves in the autumn
- Pine cones
- Rocks, pebbles
Below some pics of the kids gathering material, and then some examples of how the big boys do it.
Top tip: Everything that is of a natural origin can be used. No matter how dry, small, wet or muddy.
Top quote: "A work of art can be a journey." Richard Long
And here's how Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Long do it...