|While I was working on this piece I was conscious of pulling out reeds and altering nature to produce the land art. My philosophy is only to create art that is sympathetic to the landscape and highlight the inherit design in all aspects - from the artwork components to its surroundings. The land art focuses people's attention on an environment that is often taken for granted.
The unseen base of the reed stems is almost a pure white which fades out to the green that we see above ground. By depicting the reeds horizontally, it shows how much activity is going on underneath the surface as above it shows you just how alive and vast this system is. In the bigger perspective, the ingredients for the growth of the reeds is water that falls from the sky created in the clouds thousands of kilometers up in the atmosphere and sunlight originating from millions of kilometers away in space. What appears only as a reed on earth really is a part of a system far greater than the perceived ecosystem.
The reeds themselves have a very interesting texture. At the base closest to the stem, it has a slimy watery coating (like aloe vera) surrounding it, then as you move out to the end, the texture gets increasingly rough almost like fine sandpaper.
A few days after creating this circle I returned to the location only to see acres of the bushland next to the path burnt in a controlled burn. It really highlighted the scale of man's control of the environment.