Friday, 23 July 2010


Richard Shilling is a sculptor, photographer and film maker working in the field of Land Art.

Land Art involves making sculptures using only natural materials gathered near to where the sculpture is made. Many of them are ephemeral and will last only a few short minutes before the wind or the tide takes it away. Soon after nothing remains and Richard attempts to capture the most vital and vibrant moment of each sculpture in a photograph.

He makes his sculptures in beautiful and wild natural places across the North of England. Particularly in Lancashire, Cumbria and Yorkshire but he has also created sculptures in Scotland and the Himalaya. He uses snow, leaves, wood and stone and anything else that mother nature can provide.

I have been fortunate enough to make contact with Richard over the last week and I am hoping to experience watching him at work (or even helping) on one of his land art projects. His work is really interesting as shown below - his skill at manipulating nature and the resources around him is inspiring to me and what I want to achieve from taking on this MA.

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