A Run-In with Nature Art

While searching the web for “humus” related information (decaying organic matter, NOT the stuff you put on your pita bread. That’s “hummus.”) I kept running into odd looking images that piqued my curiosity. I found “nature art.” Artists around the world use their artistic genius to create compelling pieces to intrigue and entertain – and they all have the same theme: Nature.

Now, as a “Nature Fan” I couldn’t pass it up. Here I’ve compiled some wonderful and fascinating images along with a link to the artists’ home pages for more.

Henrique Oliveira nature art

Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira created from wood this piece called Baitogogo for Paris’ Palais de Tokyo.

“Creating a spectacular and invasive Gordian Knot, Henrique Oliveira plays with Palais de Tokyo’s architecture, allowing a work that combines the vegetal and the organic to emerge. The building itself becomes the womb that produces this volume of ‘tapumes’ wood, a material used in Brazilian towns to construct the wooden palisades that surround construction sites.”

Giuseppe Licaari nature art

Italian artist Giuseppe Licari created from tree roots a piece called Humus for the Secret Gardens at the TENT in Rotterdam. The rest of the trees are above ground growing in an actual garden. Ironically, the exhibit is actually missing the “humus,” the mulch-like collection of soil that collects around the roots of the trees produced by a decay of organic matter such as leaves and dead plant and animal parts.

Licari’s installation is meant to explore themes of growth and decay and the relationship between humankind and nature.

Christopher David White nature art

American artist Christopher David White created from ceramic (not wood!) this piece titled Cycles of Decay.

Michael McGillis nature art

American artist Michael McGillis created this piece called Wake by painting the ends of logs in different shades of purple. Wake is located in Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer, Minnesota.

Javier Riera nature art

Spanish artist Javier Riera uses light to project patterns on different landscapes in what he calls Interventions. In all of his images he is able to allow both the scenery and the geometric light design to interact with each other.

Mathilde Roussel nature art

French artist Mathilde Roussel created several grass sculptures titled Lifes of Grass.

“The natural world, ingested as food becomes a component of human being. Through these anthropomorphic and organic sculptures made of soil and wheat grass seeds, I strive to show that food, it’s origin, it’s transport, has an impact on us beyond it’s taste. The power inside it affects every organ of our body. Observing nature and being aware of what and how we eat makes us more sensitive to food cycles in the world – of abundance, of famine – and allows us to be physically, intellectually and spiritually connected to a global reality.”

Zadok Ben David nature art

Israeli artist Zadok Ben-David created this exhibit using steel cut Victorian botanical illustrations placed in sand at the Tel Aviv Museum to represent a field of flowers. From a distance on one side the field appears to compose of black “flowers” only. However, looking closer up from the opposite side the “field” turns into an array of colors.

Zadok Ben David nature art

That’s all for now. Hope you enjoyed these beautiful images. Make sure you check out the links I provided as each artist has so much more amazing creations to show, and I can’t post them all here. Let me know what you think.

Special thanks to Visual Therapy.

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