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What is the purpose of art? Is it to make us reflect on our surroundings? Is it a way for us to perceive our surroundings? In my opinion, the greatest impacts made by the different art forms produced during the Twentieth Century were what we know as Land Art.
It started in 1968 with various projects by diverse artists like Walter de Maria, Michael Heizer and Christo, with Richard Long and Hamish Fulton working in Great Britain.
Nobody had the artistic staying power of Christo and his wife Jeanne -Claude and no other artistic project of this complicated nature was so long in the making as the wrapping of the German Reichstag (Parliament) building in Berlin.
Nothing of this temporary scale had ever been projected and executed in Germany before, and it is largely due to Christo’s vision and persistence that made it happen.
The project (below) was entirely financed by the artistic couple from the sale of their drawings and other artistic endeavors.
By looking over the specification sheet in the book below, we get some inkling of the magnitude of this project. It created a completely new way of looking at the outer shells of buildings and what might take place inside them as well.
Land Art created a new way of looking at our perception of how we see architecture and landscape in the greater context of nature and our entire planet.