‘Good art keeps you warm..’ Andy Goldsworthy
Challenge for this week was to create a transient artwork in a public space using only the materials found in the environment.
With tutorials on Jeanne-Claude and Christo as a benchmark, it was just a little bit intimidating to decide where to start.
Some of their works were 20 years in the planning.
Sometimes when I draw or paint in public, people are quite nice and stop and chat. Other times I feel they quite studiously keep their distance ..
So I found doing something a little more unusual – albeit very simple – to be quite a challenge. Of course Melbourne is no stranger to people doing strange arty things.
My simple effort below was inspired by the superbly marked leaves of a eucalypt clearly trying to outdo its nearest neighbour – the architectural rubric cube in the Carlton Gardens.
The leaf pics are mine.
The slightly more ambitious works by Christo and Jeanne Claude can be found here
A fellow blogger, Dawn Whitehand, is a talented ceramicist and produces unique sculptural works which she often places in environmental settings.
A couple of lovely examples of her work – Water Spiral and Meditation Circle – are shown here.
Andy Goldsworthy is another superbly inspiring environmental artist (who Dawn is also inspired by).
There is a nice doco about Andy’s testing efforts to create his art here http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/andy-goldsworthys-rivers-tides/ He is described as a ‘Professor at Large’ with Cornell Uni on wikipedia. He says ‘Art for me is a form of nourishment..’ which is so true.