For some artists, creating a thought-provoking piece doesn't require a canvas or frame. Using only materials found in nature, such as flower petals,…Read More »
seashells or tree branches — even sand and water — "environmental artists" construct amazing eco-friendly artwork. For example, the above color wheel was created by artist Richard Shilling using autumn leaves and a circle of ash bark.
From stunning stone sculptures to strategically placed leaves, we've rounded up a gallery full of amazing environmental art. Click on for more natural beauty. Less «
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Flower of Life
Credit: Jen Kleis | flickr
Environmental art is also known as land art, earth art, ecological art, nature art or green art.
The above design was photographed on Jericho Beach…Read More »
in Vancouver, British Columbia, during the 2008 Canadian Earth Day celebration. Although the creator is not known, the photographer noted that the piece was made using beach sand, rocks, seashells, cedar bark, driftwood, twigs and flowers, as well as green and dry leaves. Less «
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Credit: swan-scot | flickr
Environmental artworks can be painstakingly intricate or beautifully low-key. This piece was created using sticks found in the …Read More »
historic woods of Scotland's Highlands. The small twigs were placed in the snow in a clearing near the woods so that they would catch the sun's rays and create a long, slender shadow. Less «
Nils Udo, a German artist who has been creating environmental works since the 1960s, often makes "ephemeral art," or artworks that exist for…Read More »
only a limited amount of time as a result of the natural materials used to make them. Thankfully, photographs render the physically fleeting artworks as frozen in time for viewers to enjoy.
Udo made the above work in 1990 by creating a stick dam to hold back bindweed flowers, also known as morning glories,as they floated along a stream in Réunion, an island located in the Indian Ocean. Less «
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Credit: dAbE-Art | flickr
Stones are a popular medium for environmental artists, and famous "nature artists" such as Andy Goldsworthy, Michael Heizer and Richard Long…Read More »
created iconic artworks using large stones, pebbles or slate rocks.
This sculpture was made from stones found on Nine Wells Beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales, during low tide. Many environmental artworks are temporary, and are left to break apart or decompose naturally. This piece only lasted a few hours before high tide washed it away. Less «
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Credit: Hazel L Terry | flickr
Environmental artist Hazel L. Terry arranged the dry seashells of razor clams, which are characterized by their long, rectangular shape, in flower…Read More »
patterns along the beach in Kirkcaldy, Fife, located on the east coast of Scotland. Less «
This sculpture was made from the trunk and root ball of a camphor laurel (Cinnamomum camphora) tree and is approximately 11 feet (3.3 meters) high and…Read More »
extends 19 feet (5.8 m). Called "Monumental Environmental Artwork," the sculpture was made by environmental artist John Dahlsen over the course of two years. The tree was first donated to Dahlsen by an eco-farmer in its raw state, with its roots compacted by a hardened black soil.
The artist cleared away the embedded soil, and shaped the tree's roots into an overall roundish shape. Once he had smoothed down the tree's surface, Dahlsen applied three coats of organic oils, along with a final coat of beeswax mixed with jojoba oil for preservation. Less «
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Credit: Tom Fletcher | TheTannykid | flickr
Another view of John Dahlsen's fallen tree sculpture from a different angle. The piece was photographed while on display during the 2010 Swell Sculpture…Read More »
Festival, held in Queensland, Australia, where the artwork won the "Swell" sculpture prize in the Environmental Art category. Less «
Land artist Richard Shilling used the brightly hued leaves of a Norwegian maple to showcase the colors of fall. The center is a tight spiral he wove to hold the leaves and twigs together.
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Credit: Magdalena179 | Dreamstime
Seashells, driftwood and chunks of coral are draped and strung over dried-out, sun-bleached tree trunks. These unique sculptures grace the tropical shores…Read More »
of Gili Meno, one of the three Gili Islands off of Lombok, Indonesia. Less «
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Credit: site specific work by Susan Shanti Gibian, August 2011
Greenery plays an important role in environmental art, with trees, leaves and flowers often incorporated into artworks.
This piece was created by…Read More »
artist Susan Shanti Gibian, who shaped an invasive grass species to form a heart. By pulling the grasses aside, the artist revealed the more fragile native vine growing underneath. The artwork, called "Ephemeral Wonder," was part of an outdoor exhibit in a pine grove at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, N.Y. Less «
Wanting to engage the tideline and the hill along the shores of Point Reyes, Calif., artist Gloria Lamson used cake flour to create the stunning piece…Read More »
"Sandbar to Hill / Flour Marks" in 1998. She used a wooden board as a stencil and printmaking plate, while the fine, powdery white flour made up the marking material. A slight breeze added the feathery accent. Less «
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Remy Melina was a staff writer for Live Science from 2010 to 2012. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Hofstra University where she graduated with honors.