Create #1: Windfall Land Art

By Caitlin Howells

I have an apple tree in my garden that continually drops windfalls.

My partner gets annoyed by them lying all over the place, so he collects some up, and others we leave out, for the birds.

I started to arrange them into pleasing designs, which can either be moved later on or simply left where they are to allow the blackbirds to feast off them through the coming hungry months.

I then got really excited about arranging the various gluts of vegetables we’ve grown over the summer – there’s a limit to how many courgettes you can eat – or been given by our neighbours and friends.

This is such a plentiful time of year – arranging the fruits and vegetables does not feel like a waste. On the contrary, it’s like a celebration of their beauty and value – it’s a way of saying thank you to the land.

You will need:

  • A tree in your locality or garden with lots of windfalls
  • Or a glut of vegetables you have grown or been given

Simply collect up the windfalls, or overgrown courgette or the beans that have turned leathery during the draught, and arrange them in pleasing patterns.

You might like to work with just one type of fruit or vegetable, or you might want to mix them up a bit – whatever you end up creating, please photograph your windfall or vegetable glut arrangements and email them to us; we can’t wait to see your land art.

Land art – also known as earth art – is art that is made directly in the landscape, sculpting the land itself or making structures using natural materials. It can be done on any scale – for example, this giant mandala, created out of apples and black soil.

Giant Mandala Made of Apples Wins Land Art Award

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