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Serra and Venet in the mist GIBBS FARM

About 60 km north of Auckland, lies a 4 sq kilometers property owned by one of New Zealand’s wealthiest businessmen, Alan Gibbs. Opened in 1991, the area, known as GIBBS FARM, is the site of a private sculpture park which features a variety of massive sculptures by 22 famous international artists.
Almost all of the sculptures in the collection were commissioned site-specific works that find a meaningful connection with the unique landscape that surrounds them, each in a peculiar way.
TE TUHIRANGI CONTOUR
Richard Serra
1999-2001

The works is a vast weatherproof steel construction 257 meters long and six meters high, described by the artist as a device for “collecting and pooling the landscape”.
It bears a comparison with the 18th-century invention of the fence deep in the ground designed to encircle and separate the garden from the surrounding landscape without being visible.

DISMEMBERMENT, SITE 1
Anish Kapoor
2009

Created from blood-red PVC sheeting stretched between two giant metal rings, the sculpture has a myriad of meanings. It appears as a huge swollen ear that listens to the land and sea, a huge trumpet calling faraway travelers or a stem of a bright red flower. It could otherwise be seen as a gigantic vulva, suggests a maternal creature born from the all-bearing earth, a protective, but sexually alluring mother.

HORIZONS
Neil Dawsons
1994

The painted steel, trompe-l’oil sculpture is the only one that can be seen from the road underneath the area and it seats on one of the highest points in the property.

PYRAMID
Sol LeWitt
1997

The concrete blocks minimalist sculpture comprises in several intriguing paradoxes: it is comprised of many small units and yet it is a single form; it is conceptually simple but perceptually complex; and while it is unequivocally sculpture, its scale and form are highly suggestive of architecture.

ARCHES
Andy Goldsworthy
2005

The installation is made of Scottish stone quarried from a place close to Gibbs’s family origins. It sinks deep into the sand, creating different effects wether the tide rises or recedes, intimating natural occurrences: tides, streams, and weather systems and suggesting that art is only ever temporary and subject to the laws of nature.

THE MERMAID
Marijke De Goey
1999

The building of the work which bridges an artificial lake, relied on the expertise of the engineering team at the farm, thus demonstrating the way in which Gibbs operates as collector, commissioner and sometimes producer of the artworks.

SADDLEBLAZE
Peter Roche
2008

The work is made of long bright red lances of LED placed among the Eucalyptus grove. It is a playful evocation of a festive gateway to the Wild West.

RED CLOUD CONFRONTATION IN LANDSCAPE
Leon Van Den Eijkel
1996

http://www.gibbsfarm.org.nz/

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Today I went to see STUART IAN FROST’s installations at the Panza Villa in Varese, Italy.
The weather was lovely and the park and Frost’s works were well worth the visit.

Here’s a small gallery of some of the pictures I took.

Previous post: https://contemporaryearthart.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/art-in-nature-villa-panza/

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DSCF2588A TRIBUTE TO THE CARPINATA GALLERY, 2013
wood branches
3,60×3,20 m

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DSCF2594EMBRACE, 2013
fir
1,8x12x3 m

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DSCF2616FAGUS, 2013
beech
8×16 m

The Panza Villa and Arte Sella are giving birth to a new project which will start on 25th May 2013 in the Italian style gardens and parks of the Villa in Varese, Italy.
The project will feature the works of three land artists, one per year, who, during their staying in the Villa, will be able to confront with the environment and to experiment their own vision of natural, architectural and artistic elements, creating a dialogue between the artwork and the environment.
Artists’ creations will be made of natural materials and, once the exhibition is over, will be left to decompose and dissolve into nature itself.
Visitors will be able to discover artworks and the site’s peculiarities at the same time.
Involved in the project is the English environmental artist STUART IAN FROST, who will realize three site-specific installations. Frost is interested in the physical character of the natural objects, their specific place within their specific environment and their relationship to culture, myths and history.
The project will continue in 2014 and 2015 with the intervention of BOB VERSCHUEREN and PETER RANDALL-PAGE.

Useful links:
http://www.fondoambiente.it/eventi/Index.aspx?q=art-in-nature-2013 (ITALIAN)

http://www.stuartianfrost.com/default.asp?bot=2

http://www.bobverschueren.net/
https://contemporaryearthart.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/bob-verschueren/

http://www.peterrandall-page.com/about/sculptures.html

LA CATTEDRALE VEGETALE (Vegetal Cathedral)
Giuliano Mauri
2010

ARTE SELLA is an international contemporary art show. Born in 1986, it takes place in the medows and woods of Sella Valley, Italy.
The project not only wants to be an art exibition, its main feature is in fact that of being a creative process: the artists interventions need to express the respectful relationship with nature, from which they take inspiration.
Since they are obtained with rocks, leaves, trunks and branches, artworks are generally third dimensional and located outdoors. Visitors can thus see them and, in the meantime, experience the environment that contain and surrounds them.
Once the event is over, the installations are left to decompose and their decay becomes part of nature’s own process.

2Shafir IL TEMPIO DELL’AMORE (The Temple of Love)
Belle Shafir
2002

DNA
Marco Nones
2010

9Thierry Teneul - HELIOS -2002 HELIOS
Thierry Teneul
2002

6verschueren DOPO IL CAOS (After the Chaos)
2006
Made over a WW1 foxhole.

1-25dougherty TANA LIBERA TUTTI
Patrick Dougherty
2011

5-26feichter ROTAZIONE (Rotation)
Paul Feichter
2011

3-27frost CAPSULA (Capsule)
Stuart Ian Frost
2011

5CUPOLAroelofs CUPOLA PER LEONARDO (Dome for Leonardo)
Rinus Roelofs
2010

3salvalai ALVEARE – OMAGGIO A LA RUCHE DE MONTPARNASSE (Beehive – Homage to La Ruche De Montparnasse)
Daniele Salvalai
2009

1Jakko Pernu IMBUTO DI LUSSO (Luxurious funnel)
Jakko Pernu
2008

1Heather Jansch ORSO (Bear)
Heather Jansch
2006

2corneliaKonrads 2006 foresta accatastata FORESTA ACCATASTATA (Piled Forest)
Cornelia Konrads
2006

1ARMINschubert FLUSSO (Flow)
Armin Shubert
2009

HUMUS PARK is an earth art meeting held in Pordenone, Italy, since 2008. The three editions featured earthworks of emerging artist from international countries.

CARLOTTA BRUNETTI and LORNA GREEN
VERSO L’INIZIO (TOWARDS THE BEGINNING)
Humus Park, Pordenone, Italy 2008

CARLOTTA BRUNETTI
HUGGING A TREE

@ HUMUS PARK  2008

GABRIELE MENEGUZZO & FRANCESCO SPONGA
@ HUMUS PARK 2008

WOLF WARNKE & HARRY SCHAFFER
@ HUMUS PARK 2010

MENEGUZZI & SPONGA

@ HUMUS PARK 2010

barca

@ HUMUS PARK 2012

GABRIELE MENEGUZZI

MENEGUZZI & SPONGA
2012

pencils grindelwald 2007Pencils
Grindelwald
2007

Contemporary Land Art is becoming more and more eco-friendly. A large number of land artists now use esclusively natural materials they find in the natural environment. This is an organic and ecological way of making art.
Such creations are usually ephimeral and perishable so that, once the work is done, artists can return nature’s gifts to earth.

This 100% eco-friendly way of making art is now being celebrated with festivals all around the world, such as Grindelwald Land Art Festival in Switzerland.

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