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The Green Life: Land Art Goes Big . . . Really Big

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September 30, 2010

Land Art Goes Big . . . Really Big

Some ideas are just too small for a canvas. Artist Jim Denevan, whose striking circular designs have temporarily marked the ice, the sand, the dirt in far-flung locations around the world, is now making his mark in the field of environmental art just with the sheer size of his artistic vision. His latest work, a 12.5-square-mile design on the frozen surface of Siberia's Lake Baikal, is the world's largest land-art installation.

Rather than creating permanent landmarks, Denevan makes his breathtaking drawings with the knowledge that they'll eventually be erased by weather. He recently told MutualArt that "large things that disappear is more the condition of the world, that's the phenomena that we experience every day, whether it's traffic becoming dense then easy, or here at the beach in California, tide coming in, covering the rocks and then it goes out later in the day, that's the way of things . . . I like the everydayness of creating artworks in a place that's constantly refreshed."

Read the rest of the MutualArt interview here.

--Della Watson

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