Nature-Based Sculpture

On a rainy February day, A Natural State documented the work of Nils-Udo, a visiting artist at Clemson University. Nils' construction was the newest addition to the university's nature-based sculpture park. Nature-based sculptures use only natural materials, all of which Nils collected from the foothills area of South Carolina. Pine trees, bamboo, red clay, dirt, and grass were used in the sculpture -- a "nest" resting on the slope of a grassy hill. The use of organic materials meant the work was ephemeral, or not permanent and susceptible to decay and the elements.  

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Spotlight - Nils Udo | A Natural State
Spotlight - Nils Udo | A Natural State

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Since the early 1970s, Nils-Udo has reshaped the land to achieve "absolute purity," where, "every non-natural element is ruled out as impure. No other materials are used but those found in each...
Construction of Nest - Process
Construction of Nest - Process

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During our visit, Nils-Udo and a team of students and volunteers made final touches to the massive nest constructed of natural materials. Donned in parkas and muddy boots, the crew finished weaving...
Dedication | A Natural State
Dedication | A Natural State

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Nils-Udo’s site-specific sculpture is often described as his "response" to an environment. Forms are inspired by the natural space in which he works. All of the senses drive the artist’s work, a...