For my upcycle project I created a land art zen garden. I chose to explore land art for my aesthetic exploration from earlier this semester. I chose this topic because I have always really enjoyed nature and scenery. I think it is really cool to modify natural scenery to create a manmade art piece without actually using anything that’s manmade. I especially enjoy land art that is made up of rock formations. For this reason, I chose to make a miniature land art scene that incorporated a rock patter similar to the image shown below.
I also wanted the project to be fully upcycled and made of only stuff that I had previously used. This means I couldn’t simply use real rocks. Instead, I colored thumb tacks to look like grey rocks. These ‘rocks’ were then placed in the scene which consisted of some old Amazon boxes and used tinfoil, napkins, cornmeal. Lastly, I added some pasta to form mountains in the background similar to the inspirational picture.
After I was done with this I thought the scene was still a little bland so I figured I could turn it into a zen garden by upcycling an old plastic fork. I then had a lot of fun making different designs in the cornmeal.
If I were to add to this project I would include maybe two or three different land art exhibits. I think maybe three scenes with different shapes could look really cool on display. Also, I think I would paint the boxes. I kept the boxes unpainted to extenuate that the boxes container was upcycled, but due to this it looked a little unfaltering. I had a good time doing this project and now I am looking forward to my final project.