When we talk about land art artists in residential landscaping, we are talking about professionals who sculpt the land itself into art forms.
In some respects, certain forms of landscape architecture could be described as land art. Zones of interest are developed along the lines of recognizable motifs. These areas of interest are then interconnected with various forms of earthworks that mirror those motifs. This linkage creates additional interest by adding a sense of movement from point to point. Visitors to the yard are drawn toward different forms of earth art in a way that compels them to explore the entirety of the outdoor living environment.
We have found that integrating landart into our Houston landscape designs has a dramatic, positive impact on curb appeal. Landscape berms, gravel beds with vivid patterns of color, and ornamental stone walls accent homes and add vertical impact to yards. The visual appeal of the entire property is improved as the home takes on the appearance of a much more inviting, warm, and personal living space.
Land art artists like us are able to work with motifs of any historical period. This is because earth art is nothing new. True, the term was coined in the 1960s as artists rejected the commercialism of emerging contemporary forms and consciously sought a return to nature. However, this was not the invention of landart, but more like a rediscovery of something very ancient. Humans have been sculpting the land into glyphs, circles of stone, and ceremonial earth mounds for thousands of years. If you have seen a picture of Stonehenge, or if you have watched a documentary on the mysterious Nazca lines in Peru, you have seen examples of land and earth art.
It is important to keep in mind that many of these archetypal forms can still be applied to landscaping designs. By reducing the scale and scope of such works to a level appropriate to the size of a particular residential lot, any work you see done on a grand scale can be duplicated on a personal level within the personal space of your own yard.
Land art artists can also produce many of their finest works with incredible cost effectiveness. Because earth art tends to use the immediate environment as a source of both inspiration and materials, the landscaping designer can typically build these forms with the very same materials that are used to build other landscaping elements.
Gravel, boulders, river rock, branches from trees, moss, and soil can be sculpted into both concrete forms that resemble living things, or abstract forms based upon geometric patterns. When appropriate, landscaping designers will also add selective manmade materials to a piece. Steel, colored glass, decorative concrete, and wire are often employed to lend accent, definition, and greater emphasis to various works.
For the best results, we recommend you contact our firm and hire a landscaping professional who also has experience working as a land art artist. The works you will be adding to your yard will have to work in relationship to both your home and your entire Houston landscaping design. Having the same team of professionals develop both will maximize the sense of unity that the landart will create between your home and the surrounding outdoor living environment.