Idea of ELAN Land Art Projects
Art in the landscape can take on many forms and the European Landart Network (ELAN) will explore some of the consequences of commissioning artists to creating new Land Art works in site specific locations in different European countries. The networks' connection with the earth is paramount and art makes a significant contribution to our philosophical and cultural perception of the landscape. The commissioning of new Land Art works will provide an opportunity to explore the dialogue between man, art and nature through public interaction and education along with inter-European meetings and symposia.
Although the commissioning of new works of art is the centre piece of the activity, analysis will be made of the impact this intervention will have on the particular space and the contribution art in the landscape can make to sustaining the cultural values of landscape in Europe. Consultation will take place between the European venues over the commissioning of individual artists, approaches, aims and aspirations. The symposia planned for each country will bring together artists, academics, experts and students to explore art in rural areas, approaches to agriculture and culture, along with the notion of the "museum without walls" and the positive contribution Land Art can make to sustaining and developing the country. Papers and findings from the countries will be published and a video made by the whole process will help to develop further debate and contribute to strategic thinking about landscape in Europe.