Land Art
Pratt Farm was a private park with numerous sculpted forms composed primarily of mounded earth and arranged rocks. Around 20 distinct pieces were constructed on the 17-acre property by James Pierce, an art historian and photographer, who created them during the summers between 1970 and 1982. He...
Mel Chin created and maintained this piece from 1990 to 1993. Surrounded by a square control area, a circular fence divides a portion of hazardous waste landfill into quadrants of plants (known as hyperaccumulators) that absorb and process metal from the ground. The plants then recycle this toxic...
Jean Dry Lake, south of Las Vegas, has totally absorbed Michael Heizer's "Rift 1", a zig-zag trench dug into the lake surface in 1968, as the first of his Nine Nevada Depressions artwork. This series of pieces was located primarily on dry lakes throughout the state, comprising a 520 mile earthwork.
An extinct volcano, composed of red and black cinders, on the edge of the Painted Desert, which is being turned into a monumental work of land art by the artist James Turrell. The project has been under construction for over 25 years, since Turrell's acquisition of the crater in 1977. As of...
A partially completed reclamation land art sculpture/park at an old landfill, built by Nancy Holt and the people of New York and New Jersey. Holt worked with the Meadowlands Development Commission in engineering the closure of the dump. According to the plan they developed, the 57-acre landfill was...
Richard Fleischner made this earthwork in 1974, on the grounds of the Chateau-sur-Mer, one of the preserved mansions in Newport, Rhode Island. The piece is a low, circular maze, made of mounded earth, about 18 inches high and covered in the same grass as the lawn of the mansion. The diameter of the...
Spiral Jetty is a basalt spiral 1500 feet long and 15 feet wide, which protrudes from the shore of the Great Salt Lake, on submerged land leased from the government. Given his preoccupation with entropy, it is fitting that each of the three existing earthworks designed by the artist Robert Smithson...
A sculpture and naked-eye observatory, currently under construction by artist Charles Ross. At the center of the site, an inverted cone has been carved, within which a stainless steel tunnel will rise eleven stories and be placed exactly parallel to the Earth's axis. Inside the tunnel will be...
In 1979, Nancy Holt was commissioned to do two works on the grounds of Miami University in Ohio, a piece called Polar Circle, and this piece called Star-Crossed. Polar Circle was destroyed not long afterwards, apparently by accident, by the University grounds crew. Star-Crossed has survived, but is...
Sun Tunnels is an artwork by Nancy Holt, completed in 1976, consisting of four large concrete tubes, laid out in the desert in an open X configuration. The nine foot diameter, 18 foot-long tunnels are pierced by holes of varying size that correspond with the pattern of selected celestial...
Alan Sonfist's Time Landscape sculpture at the intersection of West Houston Street and LaGuardia Place in New York City's Greenwich Village represents this pioneer of the 1960's Earth/Land Art movement's signature concept of bringing nature back into the urban environment and of exploring the...
The Tree of Life is a reclamation land art piece, made by Judy Pinto, with landscape architect Steve Martino. It is made of stone walls, arranged in the shape of a tree, lying flat on the ground, and is designed to capture water with its branches and trunk, to foster plant life. It is located at...
Robert Morris was commissioned to create an earthwork out of this old gravel pit in SeaTac, by the King County Arts Commission. The four acre piece was built in 1979, and overlooks the Boeing Information, Space, and Defense Center in the valley below.
The site of a famous land art project in 1972, Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Valley Curtain. The curtain was comprised of woven orange nylon fabric, and was hung between two opposing sides of a valley in Colorado known as Rifle Gap, at a distance of 1,250 feet. Unfortunately, after over two years of...
A major component of the city's park system, the 11-acre site features more than 40 works from the Walker Art Center's fabled collection. Some of the artists whose pieces are on display include Henry Moore, Mark di Suvero, Magdalena Abakanowicz, James Turrell, Claes Oldenburg, and Jenny Holzer.
1995 earthwork by Maya Lin, located on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The piece forms a square of approximately 10,000 square feet, and is dedicated to the memory of Francois-Xavier Bagnoud.
A major collection of outdoor sculpture on the campus of Western Washington University. The collection has some pieces which qualify as "land art" including Alice Aycock's 1987 "The Islands of the Rose Apple Tree Surrounded by the Oceans of the Word, for You, Oh My Darling," and Nancy Holt's 1977-...