Time Landscape, by Alan Sonfist

Photo: WallyG (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/)

Photo: WallyG (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/)

Artist: Alan Sonfist

Title: Time Landscape

Year created: 1965 (concept) – unveiled 1978

Location: New York City, USA

Materials: Plants that were native to this area in pre-colonial times.

What is the piece’s impact? “Sonfist and local community members used a palette of native trees, shrubs, wild grasses, flowers, plants, rocks, and earth to plant the 25′ x 40′ rectangular plot at the northeast corner of La Guardia Place and West Houston Street in 1978.” (source) The park is still in place today and is currently managed by the city of New York. The piece has been an inspiration for Land Artists and city planners alike.

How does this project relate to this change as art? The piece has created an urban oasis, which has slowly developed into a forest that recalls the landscape once inhabited by the people indigenous to this area.

What makes this an artistic project?  Time Landscape was one of the first prominent art works in the Land Art movement, wherein Alan Sonfist is considered a pioneer.

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