Autumn is unique in terms of creating Land Art in that during this season, as the trees begin to break down the chlorophyll in their leaves, they sport magnificent swaths of color. During the fall there are so many leaves (that otherwise wouldn't be bright orange, yellow, etc.) that it feels essential that I use as many as I can.

These leaves, while glorious, can easily be blown away by the slightest breeze and when I use them the result is often like a Tibetan sand mandala. Some of the sculptures barely last enough time to be photographed before they are blown away.


In addition to leaves, there are also a number of other unique and often wildly variant materials that I utilize during the fall. 

This ranges from sticks to flowers, seeds, roots, and many others. Autumn is fascinating in that the lack of certain necessities such as stone and blossoms are, for the most part, gone. However, it is not yet to the point where there is only ice and snow.

All of these factors force a vital ingenuity that both feeds and develops my work and artistic style through experimentation not present in the other three seasons.

This was made from month old dried leaves on an log in Ithaca, NY.

This was made from month old dried leaves on an log in Ithaca, NY.

“All things, events, and phenomena are dynamic, changing every moment. Nothing remains static.”
— The 14th Dalai Lama

All art and photography by Ned Carlson