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World Tree: A Branching River Etched into the Ground by Krisztián Balogh

June 9, 2017

Christopher Jobson

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World Tree is a 2012 land art installation by Hungarian artist Krisztián Balogh. Dug into the ground like a network of roots or tree branches, the piece measures nearly 32 feet (10m) across and has the uncanny perfection of a digital rendering, though it’s most certainly a physical artwork. You can see more views on Behance.

 

 



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A Sutured Lawn Stitched with Cable by French Artist Estelle Chrétien

October 31, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

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“Ground Operation,” lawn and electric cable, 39′, image courtesy of Estelle Chrétien

French artist Estelle Chrétien often works with the earth, producing land art installations that subtly weave a human experience into the natural landscape. In her work Ground Operation, Chrétien dug a small division into a lawn which she then stitched back together with electrical cable like thread into a wound. This 39-foot piece remains open at the end however, leaving us to question whether it is slowly healing or perhaps coming apart. (via This Isn’t Happiness, The Creators Project)

 

 



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A Temporary Lawn Planted Amongst a Patchwork of Persian Rugs

October 19, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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Tending to his work like a garden, New York-based Austrian artist Martin Roth grows grass within the fibers of Persian rugs, constantly watering his works to ensure the grass grows lush from within the dense fabric. The end result of this project, first exhibited at an Austrian castle in 2012, will always be the same. The rugs will unravel and the grass will die. This fatalistic act is both poetic and political for the artist, working with a sensual ephemerality as well as speaking to Western countries’ urges to bring their values to other countries.

Roth’s most recent rug installation is currently on view at the Korean Cultural Centre in London as a part of a show titled Riptide that features the work of Koo Jeong A and other artists. Over the next few weeks the piece will gradually change as the grass first mimics the patterns found on the rugs until it grows to create new forms. Towards the end of the exhibition the grass will nearly consume the rugs before dying itself, a cycle of birth, consumption, and eventual death.

You can witness the collaboration between rug and lawn from now until November 19, 2016. See more of Roth’s installation-based interventions on his website.

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Alberto Bustos’ Paperlike Ceramics Imitate Sprouting Blades of Grass

June 9, 2015

Kate Sierzputowski

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Inspired by forms of vegetation, Spanish artist Alberto Bustos' pieces appear like blades of grass sprouting from the earth, stretching and curling upwards towards an imagined sun. At first glance the pieces look delicate enough to be paper, layered works that exude a dual sharp and fragile quality. However, after a closer inspection one can see that the works are indeed porcelain, adding another dimension to their soft initial appearance.

Bustos lives and work in Spain and his work will be included in Mas De Les Gralles with 40 other international artists on June 13th just outside of Barcelona. Hundreds more images of his work can be found on his Facebook page here. (via Ron Beck Designs)

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Cars Swallowed by Grass at CMP Block in Taiwan

September 3, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Forget hover cars, when do we get our compostable ones? I love these buried vehicles being reclaimed by nature at CMP Block in Taiwan that seeks to merge “art, aesthetics, and nature”. Reminds me of the Mossy Beetle at Belladrum last year. (via toni wang, and tao)

 

 



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Urban Intervention: A Reclaimed Parking Spot

May 18, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Since we’re on the subject of grass today, check out Green Corner, a collaboration between Helsinki-based artists Otto Karvonen and Jon Irigoyen. Described as an “urban intervention” the idea was fairly straightforward: install a grass turf lawn in a parking space creating a temporary park that calls into question the ideas of ownership and use in public spaces.

Green corner is a spatial artwork consisting of lawn that is installed on a parking space. The lawn is equipped with some comfortable garden furniture, to provide a relaxing break in the middle of the hectic urban space. The work raises questions about public space in general; to whom it belongs and what can be done with it. […] The project functions also as an invitation to a workshop taking place in June. The workshop explores the public spaces in Kallio [a neighborhood in Helsinki] and the future prospects of the area.

It would be fun to see this project expanded to entire street or intersection. I’ll bring the croquet set. (via pixelache)

Update: So I’ve been living in a public art cave. Apparently this project is very similar to, and perhaps even part of, an ongoing worldwide movement called Park(ing) Day in which hundreds of parking spots across the globe are converted into small recreational parks. A million kabillion good shots can be found here. (thnx, @thegcanyon)

 

 



Design

The AstroTurf Herman Miller Chair

May 18, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Japanese botanic artist Makoto Azuma (previously) has partnered with furniture designer Herman Miller to create this Aeron chair wrapped in a thin layer of cushy green AstroTurf. This particular model will be on display at the recently opened Herman Miller store in Tokyo later this summer. (via the always awesome spoon & tamago)