An art of leaves and rocks

(About art rather than language.)

Through a chain of Facebook friends, this moving piece of land art by James Brunt:


(Hat tip to Rebecca Wheeler.)

Brunt’s laconic “About Me” note on his website:

I studied Fine Art at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London.  After working for galleries and a long stint in Arts Development I now live and work with my family in Yorkshire.  I also run the arts organisation Responsible Fishing UK along with the very lovely and super talented [photographer] Timm Cleasby

From the Colossal website, “James Brunt Organizes Leaves and Rocks Into Elaborate Cairns and Mandalas” by Laura Staugaitis on 2/8/18:

James Brunt creates elaborate ephemeral artworks using the natural materials he finds in forests, parks, and beaches near his home in Yorkshire, England. This form of land art, popularized and often associated with fellow Brit Andy Goldsworthy, involves detailed patterns, textures, and shapes formed using multiples of one kind of material. Brunt collects twigs, rocks, and leaves and arranges them in mandala-like spirals and concentric circles.


He photographs his finished work to document  before nature once again takes hold of his materials. The artist frequently shares updates via Twitter and Facebook where he sometimes invites the public to join him as he works. Brunt also offers prints of his photographed artworks on his website.

From the admirable site Colossal:

About Colossal: Called the “Tate Modern of the Internet,” Colossal is an international platform for contemporary art and visual expression that explores a vast range of creative disciplines. With an archive of over 6,000 articles written by seven contributors, we pride ourselves in celebrating the work of both emerging and established artists through an ongoing commitment to make art accessible to everyone. Our coverage explores visual culture through the latest in fine art, design, modern craft, street art, photography, illustration, science, and animation.

Colossal is designed to serve as an online gallery of visually spectacular artwork, while seeking to educate and inform rather than criticize or interpret.

…It is our intent to amplify the voices of artists working toward a more equitable and environmentally-friendly future by utilizing innovation, unexpected materials, humor, spectacle, and vast reserves of skill and hope.

Colossal was founded in 2010 by [Chicago-based] writer and curator Christopher Jobson.

Earlier postings on this blog on earth/land art:

on 8/15/15 in “Stickwork”, about Patrick Dougherty and his outdoor stick sculpture; and then:

There’s a lot of inventive outdoor sculpture, using natural materials, around, exhibited under several labels. For example, the monumental earthwork, Spiral Jetty, by Robert Smithson

… Then, right here on the Stanford campus (at the Cantor Art Center), an intriguing piece of Andy Goldsworthy land art (his term), Stone River (2001), using natural stone

… Finally, a project in ecological art, or environmental art, by Aviva Rahmani: her Blue Rocks project (2002)

on 8/26/18 “Two impressively eccentric artists”, with a section on earth/land artist Michael Heizer

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