Environmental Art at Letts Safari
We have launched a new channel at Letts Safari + dedicated to the environmental arts
Today we have launched a new channel at Letts Safari + dedicated to the environmental arts. Recent trends have been pointing towards the importance of the eco arts movement, including traditional art, digital art, photo-art, video-art, fashion, architecture, design and cooking increasingly driving the ‘green’ agenda.
One of Letts Safari Parks is Devon Sculpture Park, which is one of the first open-air art parks dedicated purely to environmental art.
In this channel we hope to hear from environmental artists, feature environmental arts that we think could make an impact and generally help us to think about how environmental art, creators and the natural world combine.
Devon Sculpture Park has taken this a step further by establishing their sculpture park, on the outskirts of Exeter, in a rewilded setting. Their philosophy is that environmental art, by design, should be enjoyed in a natural, wild setting. It certainly amplifies the message and its good to see them spreading rewilding to a broader audience.
Devon Sculpture Park has a refreshing new take on the private sculpture park, with a green and digital agenda, and a contemporary art programme that supports established and emerging artists. They have a permanent collection and feature a programme of British environmental artists - some established and some emerging. They are also busy developing a community of artists.
A number of other rewilding projects are starting to feature environmental art installations, including at Kew Gardens. We think that the combination of wildlife, climate solutions and rewilding could provide an inspiring backdrop and narrative for the creative world.
Environmental art has gained more traction since the 1990’s when artists began to think about their surroundings not just in terms of lived or built space, but as a cohesive system in which humans have a central part to play.
According to the Art Story, ‘environmental artists seek to investigate our human relationship with the environment through embedding their artistic practice within it. Environmental artists engage the natural world in a much more active and immediate way either by working in new ways outside, or by bringing natural materials into new settings.
Environmental artists often use natural materials such as leaves, flowers, branches, ice, soil, sand, stone, and water as the very basis of their artwork. Moreover, in choosing to situate their work in specific places, Environment art often seeks to both transform the way that the site is viewed, whilst also revealing what was already there. This demands that viewers and audiences rethink how they "see" the world around them and pay more direct attention to the minute and distinct parts that make up what we may overlook as a cohesive environment’.
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