11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2000
This book should be a permanent reference for all artists including photographers and architects. The timelessness of the projects reflects the timelessness of the book itself. The diversity of projects and their ideas makes a remarkable statement about art and its boundaries.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2008
In the 1960's maverick artists stopped merely representing landscapes and turned to making their mark onto the environment itself. Christo/Claude flew onto the scene with sweeping bravado. And we are familiar with De Maria's surreal 'Lightning Field' and Smithson's iconic 'Spiral Jetty'. By the way thanks to global warming the waters have receeded and the Jetty is back!
This fantastic big book sweeps through more than 100 land artists and their various far ranging methods of impressing upon nature. Captivating large photographs are perfectly wed to the text explaining the process of how the pieces were planned and produced.
There are a fair number of environmemental art books on the market. Leave it to Phaidon to present the best one. . . . . Note; another great one is 'Land Art in the US...' by Malpas.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
There are more, and better, images in the Taschen Land Art books, but this is the best source for a serious discussion of the importance and place of the art movement.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2010
This is a great book that on the outside might seem a bit outdated but really has some spectacular images of great land art. It has a pretty comprehensive list so that you can from there go into more intimate research of each individual artist. Overall, really happy with the book.
on January 25, 2014
The book is very good a promoting Environmental Art, it is comparable to information from the The ARK in Berea, the worldwide home of the Environmental Art Movement. The Science Behind Environmental Arts is the "Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts", a practical study on the aesthetics of the relationship between Humans and their Environment through Arts and Culture, ultimately promoting an effective sustainable global Culture of Peace between all Living Things ~ Human, Plant and Animal Kingdoms is unique and needs to be shared and promoted if future generations on the planet are going to survive.