These are known as ephemeral art, as the intention is that they are temporary creations in the landscape using natural found objects – often leaves, rocks, twigs, flowers, bark, sand, etc. – and arranging a pattern or composition to be left there. I love the word ephemeral, as it evokes the image of something magical and spiritual…
But even more, I love the practice of creating these little moments of joy. They only take a few minutes to see the result of my creativity, whereas with architecture it can take years – it is instant gratification! I love the connection with nature as I explore the environment looking for some pretty leaves. I love the colours and textures and patterns that can be created – without needing paint or canvas. And thanks to technology, I love that it is so easy to photograph and capture these mini artworks (are they then no longer ephemeral…?!) and share them for others to enjoy.
My boys love finding pine-cones or gum nuts or flowers for me, and they also enjoy joining in with their own creations. It brings us closer to our natural environment, slows us down, and makes us more grateful for the everyday beauty that surrounds us – and consequently we then care more for Mother Earth. I think this is something that is great for anyone/everyone to do!
And so, I invite you to submit your own creation – you could even win a prize! My friend Colleen over at Fifteen Trees is running a little competition this month on her facebook page – all you have do is give it a go and post your image of your ephemeral art creation – and you could win a gorgeous tree-brooch from Angus and Celeste! Oh, and did I mention that I’m honoured that Colleen has asked me to be the judge! The competition is running all this month of July. I look forward to seeing YOUR creation! GOODLUCK!
Fifteen Trees is a fabulous local eco business that plants trees on your behalf to help reduce your carbon footprint. Over 76,000 trees have been planted to date!!! Colleen loves trees, (and I love trees!) and this competition is all about sharing that love!
How do you connect with nature? What is your creative outlet? I’d love to know in the comments below!
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