Fine Line Vanuatu

August 14, 2018

In selecting the location for the 11th sculpture on our Fine Line global project we were looking for a wild place with a dramatic landscape and interesting Pacific Island culture. We found these on the island of Tanna the southernmost island in Vanuatu. The site for the sculpture was the crater rim of Mt Yasur a continuously erupting Stromboli volcano near the south coast of this tropical Melanesian island.

On 19th June we arrived on Tanna via Port Vila, the capital where we were greeted by our homestay hosts Isso and Rachel who provided lodging, transport and logistics for the expedition. Isso is a person of influence in Tanna and his skills and contacts proved essential to achieving our project.

We knew that on an erupting volcano we would not be able to spend the time needed to create a significant sculpture, nor would there be any materials other than volcanic ash and lava with which to make it. So our plan was to use local renewable materials from the abundant jungle that covers most of the island.

Isso introduced us to the indigenous giant banyan trees and demonstrated their capacity to grow aerial roots from above down into the soil where they mature. Vanuatu natives manage and harvest these roots for many uses including building their homes. The banyan is actually a vine not a tree.

We learned how to cut these extremely versatile roots and strip the bark for its strong fibre. Using the roots and fibre from several banyans we constructed, over two days, a large latticework sphere.

Having enlisted some helpers from the village we loaded them and the sculpture onto Isso’s ute and drove the wild mud roads to the volcano. We had previously made a reconnaisence trip to check out the location of the best view of the eruptions, but conditions had changed and we had to go to a different spot on the rim. Our hired helpers quickly carried our sculpture up using poles on their shoulders – one of them in bare feet on the lava rock!

 

Fixing the sculpture to the mountain was essential because strong winds threatened to send it down into the crater.

Working with the cameras was extremely difficult with ash and fumes blowing at us. The eruptions were not predictable and exposing each shot required 30 seconds. As the sun set the eruptions became more visible and the crater glowed red with belching gas and occasional giant blasts shooting streams of red hot lava into the air.

After an hour we got better at judging the eruptions and camera exposures, as well as using some fill lighting from the full moon.
The primal experience of looking into the fiery depths of the earth was awe inspiring.

When Isso and our team retreated down the mountain we were exhilarated to find ourselves alone in the dark on the fully erupting volcano, our only company the sculpture, the moon and the stars.

There is only one more sculpture to make to complete our Fine line Project, joining the line round Earth where it began 24 years ago on Mt Ngauruhoe in New Zealand.

Nature’s design

June 18, 2018

This month Polis magazine Germany invited me to present my environmental sculptures and write about my design philosophy for their international publication.
Polis magazine focuses on urban development as well as recent design and architectural projects. For more information please visit their website: https://polis-magazin.com

Here is the 6 page article:

Polis Magazine

 

Giant exposure in Paris

May 27, 2018

At the invitation of Vente – Privee Paris photographs of our ephemeral sculptures will be
presented this week on their new building with the largest digital facade in Europe.

A continuous cycling slide show of 15 works measuring 18m x 12m will be viewed by 350,000 people daily.

We hope that this exposure leads to a wider recognition of the need for circular systems in the design of our modern world.

EXPOSURE

April 20, 2018

Opening a lens to our ideas creates an exposure. The digital revolution has meant that lens-based artists can expose their work to an ever widening new audience around the world.

In May and again in November Vente – Privee has invited us to feature 15 ephemeral sculpture photographs in a looped slideshow on the giant digital facade of their new building in Paris. At 8 meters x 12 meters, this is the largest digital screen in Europe and will be viewed each day by 350,000 people. It will run for 24 hours a day, from 28th – 31st of May then again from 30th November to 3rd December this year.

This month our environmental sculpture Diamond Lake Ice Circle is among a collection of land art works curated for L’Officiel Voyage Russian edition, a magazine dealing with arts and culture. It will expose our land art work to a discerning Russian audience. Other works included are Anish Kapoor’s Descension, Christo and Jeanne Claude’s Walking on Water, Singing Ringing Tree by Tonkin Liu and Light Field by Bruce Munro.

 

 

Our ephemeral sculptures have resonated with French and Russian curators and editors. We can’t know how the works will be received or what response to expect. Who knows what this exposure may produce?

Images of the Martin Hill installation on the Vente – Privee giant screen will be posted here in May.

Making the most of our backyard

November 20, 2017

Perfect weather in Mt Aspiring National Park made for a delightful relaxing walk to camp amid our great mountains in the bush clad Matukitiki river valley.
It is great to see that vegetation and native bird life is being protected by an extensive pest eradication programme managed by the NZ Department of Conservation with many volantears.

NZ Robin

Tititea, Mt Aspiring

Rob Roy Glacier

Philippa in the Matukituki River valley

A cool resting place


Three prints find a good home in Germany

November 14, 2017

Our online store is open!

And there is nothing like a satisfied customer! This is what Julia wrote:

“The prints are on my wall – finally! I really love your prints – Synergy, Bracken Sphere and Tide Cycle.  I think the framer did a good job too!  I have them in the room where I work. I am a psychotherapist and my patients like the prints as well!”

Our latest exhibition in China

November 7, 2017

In order to present our land art prints in the beautiful natural landscape where the International Photography Festival is being held,Na Risong, Curator at Inter Gallery, Beijing, made special prints and installed them on stands in the grounds of the luxury mountain venue.

It’s a small yet unique photography festival featuring 18 Chinese and foreign photographers’ works in the valley of Tiantai Mountain in the province of Sichuan.Na Risong being Interviewed by the the press

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online store is open

November 5, 2017

After more than 20 years of international publishing and exhibiting of my environmental sculpture photographs I have opened an online store on my website. So I can now share them online as original artist’s fine art prints.

Now you can buy an original signed land art print of your own from my online store using your preferred payment method and have it shipped safely direct to you anywhere in the world.

All the land art sculptures are made by hand in wild places using natural materials found at each site, often in collaboration with my partner Philippa Jones.

After I have made the perfect photograph of them they are left to disperse harmlessly back to nature. All that is left are our memories of their making and the photographs from which I hand make these fine art prints.

Online store

 

 

 

 

We are in good company

October 5, 2017

Art Agency, Partners. A subsidiary of Sotheby’s

Beyond the Wall
By Chelsea Perkins, editorial assistant at AAP

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lightning Field. Walter D Maria               Snow Circle. Martin Hill & Philippa Jones 

Snow Circle 1996 was recently included in a curated gallery of Land Art on the AAP website.

We are pleased to be placed among the world’s most significant Land Artists including Robert Smithson, Richard Long, Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Serra, Walter D. Maria, Nancy Holt, Agnes Denes and Maya Lin, by New York’s significant art advisors.
22 works are featured dating from 1970s to today.

Slideshow: Land Art    VIEW GALLERY

 

Beauty celebrated

September 29, 2017

 

In a world currently focussed on so much conflict, hatred and ugliness it is inspiring to be featured in BeautifulNow where beauty is a guide to wellbeing and happiness.
If we look at the world with a child’s eye it is still very beautiful. If we look through nature’s lens it is wondrous. How we choose to frame the world becomes how we live in it. It is our choice to follow the beauty or the ugliness.

Enjoy BeautifulNow it may not last.