Continuing our focus on the great outdoors, here are what some very talented artists are doing to create outdoor art that interacts with nature. This is not a paid post and I’m not connected to the artists. I simply find their work interesting and would like to share my excitement with you in the hope you find some inspiration and excitement as well!
Andres Amador Arts: Sand Drawings
Artist statement: “This piece was made in between bouts of rain and captured just as the sun was setting. Part way through I had to go to my car to get out of my soaking clothes, figuring that I would have to stop for the day. But then the clouds parted and I decided to get back to it (after changing!). The design is part of a continuing exploration of geometry and patterns, inspired by Polynesian art.”
The artist was inspired by Polynesian art, but I also find this intricate sand drawing reminds me of a Celtic knot. It’s placed spectacularly on the edge of where land meets water, to then slowly dissolve away with the tide. Look closely and you can see a person standing in the center of the pattern, which gives you an idea of the colossal size of the artwork.
“[Above] is the longest artwork I’ve yet created- 1/2 mile of flowers floating in the wind for a mini run hosted by Wanderlust Festival in Los Angeles. Fun!”
[Above] “From the archives, “Sliceform”, 2008, Ocean Beach, SF. Made during my geometric phase and based on a design I found in a book on 3-dimensional ‘Sliceforms’. These are essentially interlocking folding paper that creates 3-D shapes when opened, in the vein of pop-up books.”
Jayson Fann: Spirit Nest Creations
Jayson Fann’s larger-than-life spirit nests are inspired by birds but built for humans. Fann uses fallen tree branches harvested in local forests in the Big Sur area to construct the big, beautiful creations.
How fantastic to live in a human-sized bird nest with a bird’s eye view of the sea!
Jaume Plensa: Sculptures
Spanish artist Jaume Plensa is one of the world’s foremost sculptors working in the public space, with over 30 projects spanning the globe in such cities as Chicago, Dubai, London, Liverpool, Nice, Tokyo, Toronto, and Vancouver. Over 25 years, Plensa has produced a rich body of work, both in the studio and the public realm. By combining conventional sculptural materials such as glass, steel, bronze and aluminum with more unconventional media like water, light, sound, video, and often integrating text as well, Plensa creates hybrid works of intricate energy and psychology.
I’m mesmerized by these floating head sculptures. They appear surreal or otherworldly and when placed in the water create a visual calm.
Plensa’s sculptures show the power of placement. Perched in lush natural settings, his meditative figures are beyond fantastic! The sculptures emanate human thought and emotion in an ethereal manner that perceive them to be part of the surrounding air and land, reflecting back to us our innate connection with this planet.
What outdoor art has moved you recently? Would you install art in your backyard?
If you have an idea for an art piece you’d like to incorporate into your outdoor residential spaces in the Northern California areas, contact Kimball Starr today!