A form of art practised since about 1967 by a group of American artists (including Walter de Maria, Carl Andre, and Robert Smithson) in remote parts of the world such as the Sahara, the Mojave desert, or the dried-up Lake Mirage in California. Protesting against what they perceived as the utilitarianism of much contemporary art, they used the land itself as their raw material, digging trenches in it, drawing lines by spreading lime on the earth, or making mounds of rocks.
Text source: The Oxford Concise Dictionary of Art Terms (2nd Edition) by Michael Clarke
What is Land Art?
'Time, place, relativity, experience. These are the key concepts in Land Art.' – Ben Tufnell
Curator and writer Ben Tufnell maps-out a definition of Land Art, a creative practice associated with the broader conceptual art movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Moving away from traditional media and the gallery, land artists set out to make work directly in the landscape, often using the natural materials they found there.