It all started when some of the ancient cultures used earthworks to express themselves, long before the invention of the term “art”. It came though the way of perceiving nature; instances of such art forms can be found all across the globe, which includes the American continent as well.
Just like the works in Peru by the Nazka Indians or in the form of the Great Serpent Mound in Ohio in USA, this form of contemporary earth work later found recognition in the society as ‘Earthworks’ or ‘Earth Art’.
Slowly the artistic movement emerged in America during the 1960’s, when a number of sculptors and painters such as Robert Smithson, aimed to heighten its importance through public awareness.
Far away from all the turbulence and controversies, this movement took a unique turn, in a village called Komdhara near Singur, in 2017.
Under the famous Contemporary Artist Bibekananda Santra’s “Narrative Movement”, this concept of Land Art took form in this very village.
With overwhelming participation of about 42 artists from 17 countries, the Land Art Movement took a new shape with the cultural participation of various artists.
These successfully created a seven-day thematic representation of this particular art form, which ended with an expressive dance performance by Aditi Sinha, fire installation by Germany’s Reiner Langer and an ethnic extravagance of a musical evening by Biplab Barman, Laxmi Santra and Fanny Anderegg.
The villagers joined the artists to create a healthy environment through art and culture.
From the haystacks to the crop fields, the artists used every single material at their disposal to create their artworks; the whole village was transformed into a single piece of canvas for them.
From the bathing places to earthen walls of the mud huts, along with the earthen ovens, every single commodity became a perfect mirror of the heavens; it eventually reflected the artwork of various nations and showed the lively concepts of earth art that was based on the theme of “Mirror, Light and Shadow”.