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Gravity-Defying Land Art by Cornelia Konrads. German artist Cornelia Konrads creates mind-bending site-specific installations in public spaces, sculpture parks and private gardens around the world.

Gravity-Defying Land Art by Cornelia Konrads

Her work is frequently punctuated by the illusion of weightlessness, where stacked objects like logs, fences, and doorways appear to be suspended in mid-air, reinforcing their temporary nature as if the installation is beginning to dissolve before your very eyes. One of her more recent sculptures, Schleudersitz is an enormous slingshot made from a common park bench, and you can get a great idea of what it might be like to sit inside it with this interactive 360 degree view. What you see here only begins to sratch the surface of Konrad’s work. You can see much more on her website. All imagery courtesy the artist. Intricate land art creations by Andy Goldsworthy. We often forget that we are nature.

Intricate land art creations by Andy Goldsworthy

Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves. Chris Maynard carves silhouettes from bird feathers. Feathers aren't just the fabulous epidermal growths of our avian friends -- they can also be found in termite-resistant building board and faster circuit boards, and in the delicate works like those of Olympia, Washington-based American artist Chris Maynard. © Chris Maynard © Chris Maynard Maynard, who was originally trained as an entomologist, professes to be “feather obsessed” and is an avid bird-watcher.

Chris Maynard carves silhouettes from bird feathers

He creates his dioramic works using feathers collected from zoos, nonprofit bird rescue organizations and private aviaries. Maynard first began by photographing feathers, then moved onto arranging them in shadow boxes. When I work, I put on big nerdy magnifying glasses to see the feathers’ details. The precision of his cutting and composition are quite clear in his pieces, and Maynard admits: I am pretty mathematical about it. 'Landthropologic, Earthworks In Motion' by Paul Johnson. Not all art is done with paint and brush, as various environmental artists have shown with massive, large-scaled "land art" works that use rocks, trees, sand, water and snow as the medium of expression.

'Landthropologic, Earthworks In Motion' by Paul Johnson

Snow art created by Simon Beck. Amble creates snow art January 21st, 2013 Ivan Ganchev Snow art with amazing winter view It is winter and there is snow when the artist Simon Beck shoes his snowshoes and starts his famous ambles on the frozen lakes of Savoie, France creating his snow art.

Snow art created by Simon Beck

Giant Nest Sculpture by Nils Udo. Sand Drawings by Peter Donnelly. Beautiful land art by Andy Goldsworthy. Landscapes Walter Mason is a German artist specializing in the creation of land art.

Beautiful land art by Andy Goldsworthy

By intervening in nature, he creates some beautiful compositions. 'Icehenge' Money Trees of the UK. As perhaps a companion piece to last week’s skull nickels, here’s yet another thing I had no idea existed.

Money Trees of the UK

Apparently in several wooded areas around the UK, passersby have been stopping for decades (if not centuries), meticulously hammering small denomination coins intro trees. Most of the trees seem to be in and around Cumbria and Portmeirion, and I didn’t find a single example of a tree like this located outside the UK. According to this recent article by the BBC, the practice might date back to the early 1700s in Scotland where ill people stuck florins into trees with the idea that the tree would take away their sickness.

The practice seems akin to love padlocks or Americans collaborative effort of sticking their nasty ass gum all over everything. Hillary fayle. I began stitching on unconventional materials when I was studying embroidery at the Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, England.

hillary fayle

I began with using found materials and fabric and transgressed to leaves upon my return to America. I generally try to use renewable, sustainable and environmentally friendly materials for my art, so this was an obvious choice. Bio-Diversity. Land Art by Sylvain Meyer. Robert Smithson's "Spiral Jetty" photographed by Arne Erisoty. Discover the cosmos!

Robert Smithson's "Spiral Jetty" photographed by Arne Erisoty

Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2010 December 4 Sunset at the Spiral Jetty Image Credit & Copyright: Arne Erisoty Explanation: In dwindling twilight at an August day's end, these broad dark bands appeared in the sky for a moment, seen from Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty on the eastern shore of Utah's Great Salt Lake. Outlined by rays of sunlight known as crepuscular rays, they are actually shadows cast by clouds near the distant western horizon, the setting Sun having disappeared from direct view behind them. Martin Hill: "Journeying Beyond Land Art: an Ecological Shift" Martin Hill is a sculptor, photographer and adventurer.

Martin Hill: "Journeying Beyond Land Art: an Ecological Shift"

He discusses the impact land art has had on his work and the importance of working in harmony with the environment. The defining characteristic of the land art movement is working directly on the land, a breakaway from the art gallery system. It not only depicts the landscape, it engages with it. The movement didn’t spring from an exclusively ecological perspective, nor was it necessarily about protecting the land. Descending Ginkgo Biloba Leaves. Leaf Cut Art by Lorenzo Durán. "Harm Less" by Sonia Rentsch. In her Harm Less series artist Sonia Rentsch defuses the powers of modern weaponry by constructing guns, grenades and bullets completely from organic objects.

The shape and form of each piece are really convincing, yet I also enjoy the obviousness of each plant chosen to resemble various gun parts. If you’re reminded of Sarah Illenberger’s work, you’ll be happy to know Rentsch has had the opportunity to work with Illenberger in Berlin. Take a deep dive into her extensive portfolio of work over on her website. Hedge Garden Sculptures in Montreal, Canada.