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Land-Based Sculptures by Nls Udo

An artwork made up of grass in a diamond pattern among treesAu Dessus de la Rivière, grass planting (L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France)

Nils Udo is a German artist who has been creating land-based sculptures since the 1960’s. The artist’s style is well-defined and almost stark, if not for Udo’s use of the materials of the surrounding land, creating a fascinating tension between what could exist in nature, and what is necessarily man-made.

An artwork consisting of a moss-covered den in a forestLa Mousse I, (Forêt des Vosges)


I really love the artist’s works of Art in Nature -- here Udo uses materials including trees, moss, rocks, and leaves, not quite removing these materials from their natural existence, but instead coaxing them into novel forms that simultaneously sit in contrast, and blend right in, to their surroundings.


Udo has also brought his unique twist on nature into the public, urban sphere, creating interactive artworks in green space and public parks around Europe. There’s something magical about the spaces that Udo creates -- the artist is expert at weaving the illusion that these scenes could, perhaps, exist naturally.  

A land artwork consisting of many tiny trees planted around one large oneGulliver's Forest, (Palace Gardens of Chaumont-sur-Loire, France)

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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