The Easel

26th October 2021

Land art was designed to disappear. This photographer preserved it for the world to see

The vast spaces of the American West attracted Smithson and other 1960’s land artists.  Remoteness and scale meant that many works could only be seen from photographs. Gorgoni became renowned for making these images. Gorgoni once erected a scaffolding tower to record the large circular tracks made by a motor bike on a dry lakebed. Those tracks soon vanished, so were they, or the photograph, the artwork?  More images are here.