Land Art Workshop
Land Art Workshop

Land Art Workshop


Orientation to Architecture: Sem 1 (2019-20)

Inspired by the works of a British sculptor and land artist, Andy Goldsworthy, this workshop was part of the First-Year Orientation Program. His works are transient with time and nature. Land art, basically, is an idea that emerges from nature around us and uses natural materials like rocks, stones, pebbles, twigs, leaves, etc. to manifest it. It is spiritual, temporary and succumbs to the form and shape of the natural materials used. 

A documentary film based on his artwork called ‘Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time’ was shown to the students before embarking on a trek to a beautiful spot by the Dahisar River in Sanjay Gandhi National Park,  in the heart of a metropolitan city of Mumbai. The film exposed the students to various possibilities of this form of art and the ideas behind its conception. Also, the process was an attempt at sensitising the students towards environmental concerns.

The site for Land Art Workshop by the Dahisar river in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali
Prateek Dhanmer briefing the students at the beginning of the workshop
Collecting the right stones for land art
Students were divided into groups; Conception of ideas inspired by Andy Goldsworthy’s works
Natural and ephemeral art implemented by First Year students


Students’ work: Creeping into the land


Students’ work: A floating Vrindavan


Workshop instructor: Prateek Dhanmer
Text and Photographs: Nivedita Mehrotra 




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