Land Art

This work was inspired by Robert Smithson. He created a piece that was a swirl containint different colors in a lake. In my piece, I used different colored leaves and swirled them around a part a tree. Creating a piece outside made me realize that that it is very stressful and can be very frustrating because you can’t control the weather so the leaves and other pieces easily fell apart. When this happened, I had to recreate my piece several times which was very frustrating. Overall, it was a different experience that was very interesting.

Nancy Holt Land Art by Abby Maechling and Keely Lovette



 Sun Tunnels by Nancy Holt

            Sun Tunnels is a land sculpture created by Nancy Holt, that began in 1973 and completed in 1973. The work consists of four large concrete tubes, laid out in the Great Basin Desert, Utah in an open X configuration. The nine-foot diameter, 18 foot-long tunnels are pierced by holes of a varying size that corresponds to the pattern of selected celestial constellations. Each tunnel has a hole drilled into the top to form the constellations- Draco, Perseus, Columba, and Capricorn. The tunnels line up with the rising and falling sun of the summer and winter solstices. In creating the sun tunnels Holt bought 40 acres for $1,600 in the Great Basin Desert in Utah. Installing the cylinders, each weighing 22 tons, was very difficult and needed around 41 people serving different jobs to help her document the process and install the heavy pieces. As an artist Nancy Holt enjoys exploring through her work, the human perception of time and space, earth and sky, and this project embodies this passion. She focuses on the balance between the earth, the sky, and the stars by how she manipulates the cylinders to highlight all three. Although she focuses on the balance between the land and sky the piece also demonstrates the contrast and connection between the two. 

Olafur Eliasson Presentation

Kate and Maya

Olafur Eliasson Land Art

Vaer i Vejret – 2016


Olafur Elliason’s land art is not made out of natural objects – it is made out of pre-made work that is placed in nature. This piece is a ring that is made of bronze with a hose underneath it. It pushes out water at a very high pressure which makes it come out as a mist, or fog. Because it is made of bronze, it changes color and it grows old with the garden that it is in. Although this piece of art is not entirely made from natural objects, it is made to change based on the weather and as the environment around it changes. 

This piece has a 2D, circular shape and is symmetrical. The only movement in this piece is the movement of the fog, which depends on the amount of wind that is passing through the bronze circle at a specific time. The bronze circle is one color, however that color changes as the weather wears down the material.

Three terms that describe this Land Art is simple, fragile and mystical.


Soap Carving and Plaster Sculpture

For this piece, we were required to carve a global issue as an object. As a representation of the destruction causes mentally and physically to the victims of the of the recent hurricanes in the US and Caribbean, I sculpted pieces of a broken house and the tools required to mend it. Throughout the last month, four hurricanes have affected the southern coastal United States and Caribbean Islands causing dozens of deaths, thousands of people’s homes and cars destruction, and extreme lack of supplies and power. The tools represent the supplies, attention, and love the victims are relying on from the rest of the world in order to allow them to heal from the tragedy they have experienced. In my own way, I have been attempting to send love and prayers to my family in Texas living in Huston, one of the cities affected by Hurricane Harvey. My cousins were forced to evacuate their house only to return to severe flooding, broken windows and walls, and minimal hope. This project has allowed me to understand more in depth how important it is to care for and support our fellow Americans and humans in times when they are most vulnerable and desperate. A month later many in Florida, Texas, and many Caribbean Islands are struggling to figure out their next step as they slowly regain power and resources. It is our responsibility as citizens of the world to offer our support, donations, and love in a time when so many people are in pain.

Although my finished product is not what I envisioned when I began this project, I am proud of the work I accomplished. I was specifically impressed with how much attention I paid to the smallest details in some of my carvings, which for someone who is typically impatient and in a rush to get things over with was surprising. If I was to do this project again I would re-think my idea to create multiple soap carvings to tell one story. If I had chosen a more complex carving that made my global issue clear it would have given me a lot less stress about time restrictions. I would also be more careful towards the end of the project to be sensitive and patient with the carvings because I easily forgot how delicate the soap was. Overall, I really enjoyed this project and how it forced me to focus on the details of every object I carved.