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Robert Smithson's Spiral Jette.

Have you ever met an artist? Would you like to meet one? Where would you go to find an artist? You are closer to a great artist than you think. Go outside and look around. The forces of nature are busy creating beautiful colors and shapes. Can you find the artist in your neighborhood?

Nature is filled with environmental art. Some art has been created by nature itself. Sun, wind, water and time continually create natural art. Some art is created by people who combine the beauty of nature with their own imagination. The environment can be used like paint for a painter, or marble for a sculptor. Environmental artists make their art from the earth. Their art materials may be found anywhere. This is often called Earth Art.

Robert Smithson was an American sculptor. His best-known works are his Earth Art creations. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, he made his unusual works of art by collecting rocks and pebbles from old mines and quarries. He stacked these into piles and filled boxes with them.

Robert's largest work is in the Great Salt Lake of Utah. It is as long as five football fields. Nature provided the site and the materials for Spiral Jelle. He provided the inspiration to transform the earth into Earth Art.


1 Look around your yard and neighborhood at all the natural beauty. Notice little things as well as bigger things.

2 Choose one particular kind of natural material to make your own Earth Art. Collect many examples with a variety of colors, shapes and sizes (leaves, rocks, seeds, bark, etc.).

3 Get a box or box lid to hold your Earth Art (shoe box, cigar box, cereal box, etc.). Arrange a design in the box from the natural materials you have collected.

4 Tell your friends about the natural beauty you saw. Tell them about the materials you chose for your Earth Art. Why did you choose these? How did you and nature work together to create Earth Art?


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Title Annotation:A Child's Gallery; earth art
Author:Niceley, H.T.
Publication:School Arts
Date:Oct 1, 1992
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