LandArtFarm WELCOME

Quick links to key works: Fence Tracker | Ode to Museums | Pine Walk | Tree Turns and Returns | Kangaroo Stop | Grand Designs | Wood Cut | Mondrian.Dali.Warhol | Frisson | Art Rocks – Blue Lines | Way off Tangerine | West and Wild | Dam works | Bush Telegraph | Wasted Land | Black & White Boutique | Unchain my Tree | Star Trek | Woody White Tumble | Woodhenge Portent | Rolling Stones | Hanging Rocksss | Trellis in the Paddock | Pink to the Horizon | Os and Xs | Yellow Stick Art | Ditch and Sticks | Hello Hello | Magpie Standoff | Pain and Glory | ROAD to NIMBIN | Many Points of View | Roadside Wire Frames | New Tip Progression | Settling for the RW&B | Fred was Here | Piping in Place | Orange Rope Race | Scalding Red Hot |

LandArtFarm is a unique private artistic adventure on 100 acres of Australian bush-farm landscape in the beautiful New England area of NSW, not far from the four-seasons regional city of Armidale.

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Fence Tracker – from ancient fence posts – 2013.

Land Art projects are being created primarily by Sandra Welsman as a long-promised artistic last career stage. Since mid 2013, over 50 site-specific Land Art pieces, large and small, earthy to experimental, have been designed and constructed across the property’s diverse natural landscape and niche environments.

The art works are now linked by three walking trailsAround the Block for a land art taster, the meandering 2.1km Middle Walk and the Road to Nimbin for viewing all the LandArtFarm pieces, landscapes and views.

Land Art is has human-made sculptural elements, embedded in the environment of its location. An artistic, human interaction with features of the place where it is – trees, rocks, mounds, sky… .

For more, see thoughts on And Land Art is?  What makes it Art? and Who can make Land Art (A. You just do it!)

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Many Points of View – an art work inspired by meetings 8.2016

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Our environmental contexts include classic, rugged Australian New England bush, garden and farmscapes, with majestic eucalyptus and pine trees, wildlife, rocks and crannies, all backlit by dramatic weather and sweeping skies.

Now well into 2017, more than 50 LandArtFarm works are in place, with a number on the drawing board – and each art work changes over time influenced by the environment. LandArtFarm works are earthy and should be be low in cost with close ties to the form and bounty of this place. LandArtFarm is not a groomed sculpture park. This site-specific art is in and from this special piece of glorious New England land.

When envisioning potential Land Art projects, Sandra Welsman aims for CONTRAST, SCALE and REPETITION – these are defining features of her Land Art. CONTRAST includes juxtaposition of human inventive technology – in its old and new forms – with the land, life and nature of this magnificent Australian region. SCALE and REPETITION build the visual spark that shifts the piece into ‘art’.

Many of Sandra’s pieces are for visual impact – ‘no metaphors, just the thing in itself and it can be beautiful and stark’ (Robert Hughes, American Visions). Some of the works relay a form of social message, a symbolic vibe or a whimsical mystery!  What each has is its own creation story – its origin, how the idea started, and how this progressed into a LandArtFarm piece.

As for all art, each individual visiting LandArtFarm develops their own views and takes away personal readings and experiences. Some pieces one person might not like, but others will. ‘In every work of art there should be space for the mind to travel between like and dislike’.

Intrigued? Please peruse the LandArtFarm web pages for a story on the development of each land art piece, and the three LandArtFarm walks.