The challenge is always to use materials in a new and different way, and make them convey meaning and portray form in a manner that has not previously been seen.
Rhythms of Life
Since 1999, Andrew Rogers has produced the world’s most extraordinary contemporary land art undertaking – Rhythms of Life, successfully demonstrating how art and nature can enhance each other. This land art project is of a mega scale, 51 sculptures across 16 countries spanning all seven continents. It has involved more than 7,500 people over 16 years. The culmination being Antarctica as the final link: the seventh continent.
For Rogers, the actuation to create these pieces of art – a chain of stone sculptures, or geoglyphs, – that have taken form across mountains, valleys and plains around the world, started from an idea to denote separation from the ordinary and provide contemplative settings. A particular purpose of the Rhythms of Life land art structures is to establish consecrated space, provide an impetus to show linkages between structures and environment, and to allow for contemplative narrative around the search for heritage.
It is with the consideration that each creation will erode over time leaving traces of both monuments of culture and those who imagined them. Therefore, Rogers works to use only local materials, which are readily available to construct each sculpture, ensuring local flora is undisturbed. Each creation is conceived of with the assistance of local communities including elders, local workers and experts.
Rogers land art project is, “art created by many people for many people”. His geoglyphs were inspired by one of the earliest forms of land art: the Nazca lines in Peru. Rhythms of Life is a contemporary land art project of a scale and scope unprecedented in modern history.
Eleanor Heartney describes Rogers’ undertaking: “The geographic and historic sweep of the works constructed as part of the Rhythms of Life project is unprecedented in its scale and ambition. Taken together, the geoglyphs have been erected in every kind of climate, and have responded to geographical environments as distinct as Nepal’s Himalayan Mountains, China’s Gobi Desert, the volcanic mountains of Iceland and the harsh Israeli desert.”
The ultimate goal was to form a connected set of drawings on the earth visible from space, to have the first use of satellites to capture a connected set of contemporary sculptures around the earth, and to utilise Earth Observation sensors to acquire high-resolution satellite imagery from altitudes between 500-800kms (310-500 miles) above the Earth’s surface.
Silvia Langen: “Rhythms of Life is Andrew Rogers’ life work. The largest contemporary project of its kind in the world, Rogers has introduced a new dimension into land art – the global work of art.”