From precariously balanced boulders to rows upon rows of laser cut metal human figures, outdoor artwork in the USA is as provocative and striking as any masterpiece in a fine art museum. For fans of art and nature alike, the following examples of outdoor artworks will undoubtedly change the way you think about your environment and what we consider to be ‘art’.
‘Blue Tree’ by Claude Cormier | Cornerstone Place
Canadian landscape artist Claude Cormier’s ‘Blue Tree’ installation was unfortunately removed in 2007 for safety reasons. However, its legacy lives on in its story. In 2004, this tree was infected with a disease and was due to be felled. Cormier gallantly stepped in and in lieu of instant death, gave the tree a three year sending off that involved a cherry picker and 75,000 blue Christmas ornaments. Wildly fantastical and reminiscent of a world fit only for Dr. Seuss, Cormier’s ‘Blue Tree’ will forever live on in photographs and the memories of those lucky enough to have seen it up close.
Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Arnold Dr., Sonoma, CA, USA, +1 707933 3010
‘Lullaby Garden’ by Andy Cao and Xavier Perror | Cornerstone Place
Cornerstone Gardens is renowned for showcasing cutting edge landscape design. Who better to exhibit therefore, than Andy Cao and Xavier Perror, a French-American duo who have been blurring the lines between art and landscape for years. Cao and Perror’s understanding of the way that the eye perceives a given environment enables aesthetical manipulations at once both delicate and dramatic. Inspiration is drawn from disparate and international sources. ‘Lullaby Garden’ was inspired by the 19th century Japanese artist, Hokusai. Hokusai is best known for his series of woodblock prints, Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji (c. 1831) and in the Lullaby Garden one can spot undulating of form and tranquillity of spirit.
Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Arnold Dr., CA, USA, +1 707933 3010
‘Red Army’ by Ray Smith | Sculpture Garden at Kentuck Knob
Rows and rows of people, arms outstretched, all in red – this is what you see when you arrive at Kentuck Knob’s Sculpture Garden and approach Ray Smith’s ‘Red Army’. Weaving in and out of these two dimensional laser-cut metal figures, it is easy to get carried away and begin attributing names and stories to them. The historical references in this work are numerous but not explicit, leaving the viewer to take from it what they want.
Kentuck Knob, 723 Kentuck Road, Dunbar, PA, USA, +1 724329 1901
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