Beginner’s Land Art; we built a pathway

Completed a pathway building project while travelling

Now that the yurt is up, there is a well trod muddy incline that needs to be turned into a pathway. It is slippery in the rain and people are using it more at night. 

Building this path began with three goals in mind; safety for path users, longevity and reusing materials. Ideally, we wanted it to look beautiful, be functional, and feel like part of the land. 

My partner and I built this on our own, together! You can see where his crude practicality has converged with my impractical fancy. And maybe the parts where these different aspects of our natures began to intertwine.

This project took about four or five days to complete. 

We needed to dig out some of the rocks that became stone steps. And Jim spent a few hours crushing up some unwanted brick to rubble to pile around those stones to create a more flowing, gentle gradient to the pathway. 

Self sufficiency landscaping hammering bricks to dust

Pathway building helpx journeys scenic mountains

We ran out of larger rocks so used some concrete tiles filled in with rocks and earth for two of the steps. 

Tile stairway creatively reusing slate tiles cement chunks

Olabe building project landscape pathway terracotta reuse project

Self sufficient land art builders project reusing

Lined the way with some nice square-cut rocks reclaimed from a wall we demolished. 

Creating earth art Olabe Basque Country

Crushed terracotta pieces for contrast against the gravel. Used some more found tiles and terracotta roof pieces to make the Olabe symbol. 

Terracotta building moss earth gravel manure straw project

Last step was to seed the dirt along the pathway and the dirt around the Olabe symbol with mossy grass.

Building helpx experiences project Spain Europe

Learning land art shaping Olabe rock building project

Gravel stone brick tile Olabe symbol

Hopefully the grass can take root without too much disturbance – there are kids, horses and dogs also on the property so chaos is always only a few seconds away…horse already broke through our barrier, pooped on the deck and ate the leeks I planted. Still, I have my fingers crossed! 

Notes for the future:

I need to learn more about building with these more rough hewn materials. Slate, terracotta, straw, clay etc. Spending some time readin how best to encourage plants to grow sculpturally would also not go astray.

Am definitely staying in contact with Olabe to see how our living, growing terracotta pathway develops!  


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Assembling a yurt part two; adding the finishing touches

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About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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