Is it a coincidence that Astral Valley is located almost directly under the greatest duration of The Great American Eclipse? Or is it a celestial blessing? Our feeling is that if we honor Mother Nature, then we hope she pulls back any cloudy curtains for us that may obscure the Eclipse scheduled for 1.17pm on the Monday after our weekend’s festivities taper off the night before.
Inspired by the abundant natural beauty of Astral Valley, we determined our Art Theme for the experience will focus on honoring this place on Earth with an incredible team of Land Artists from around the globe to create random works of delight using only the materials found around us that week. What is Land Art? From the Wikipedia entry:
Land art is an art movement in which landscape and the work of art are inextricably linked. It is also an art form that is created in nature, using natural materials such as soil, rock (bed rock, boulders, stones), organic media (logs, branches, leaves), and water with introduced materials such as concrete, metal, asphalt, or mineral pigments. Sculptures are not placed in the landscape, rather, the landscape is the means of their creation. The works frequently exist in the open, located well away from civilization, left to change and erode under natural conditions. Many of the first works, created in the deserts of Nevada, New Mexico, Utah or Arizona were ephemeral in nature and now only exist as video recordings or photographic documents.