Sculpting the land

artistic interventions with the landscape

Strijdom van der Merwe

Artist Strijdom van der Merwe uses materials that are brought in to the landscape in order to make a statement about our relationship with the land. In many of his works the installation is not permanent but only functional for the duration of a certain event.
Date Published :
April 2018
Publisher :
Protea Boekhuis
Illustration :
color illustrations throughout
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781485307723
Pages : 112
Dimensions : 8.6 X 9 inches
Stock Status : In stock


As a land artist Strijdom van der Merwe uses the materials provided by the chosen site. His sculptural forms take shape in relation to the landscape. It is a process of working with the natural world using sand, water, wood, rocks, etc. He shapes these elements into geometrical forms that participate with their environment, continually changing until their final probable destruction. He observes the fragility of beauty while not lamenting its passing. What remains is a photographic image, a fragment of the imagination. While a visual record is materially all that is left, he also leaves us a reminder of the capacity, however feeble, of an individual to alter the universe by embracing the ceaseless changing of nature, actively contributing to it and in so doing, modulating and beautifying the outcome.

About The Author

Strijdom van der Merwe (b. 1961) is a full-time land artist who lives in Stellenbosch. He studied art at the Universities of Stellenbosch (South Africa), Hooge School Voor de Kunste (Utrecht, Holland), the Academy of Art and Architecture (Prague, the Czech Republic) and the Kent Institute of Art and Design (Canterbury, England). He has held numerous exhibitions and commissions on invitation all over the world

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