The two works of art I will be writing about are is an earthwork and performance art. They both
demonstrate a wide variation in styles and creation techniques that is often found in three-dimensional
The“Umbrellas” by Christo and Jeanne-Claude pg 9 and the “World Flag Ant Farm” by Yukinori
Yanagi pg 21 are the subjects of this paper.
I will cover how each work was made, how the process
employed by the artist effects each work’s meaning as well as my own views about the work. Now to the
The “Umbrellas” by Christo and Jeanne-Claude is an example of an earthwork.
Earthwork is an
enviroment that is out-of-doors.
Enviroment is a form of art that is large enough for the viewer to move
In the case of
“Umbrellas” it was a very unique earthwork that was displayed on “October 9,
1991, along a stretch of interstate highway at Tejon Pass, north of downtown Los Angeles, 1,760 yellow
umbrellas, each nineteen feet, eight inches in height, twenty-eight feet, five inches in diameter, and
weighing 448 pounds, slowly opened across the parched gold hills and valleys of the Tehachapi Mountains.
As awesome a spectacle this must have been it is only half the story.
The real thing that made this a unique
earthwork is that sixteen hours earlier-but that same morning, given the time change-1,340 blue umbrellas
opened in the prefacture of Ibaraki, Japan, north of Tokyo, ninety of them in the valley’s river.
Umbrellas symbolized for the artists how vast and various the world of art has become.
changes with each shift in our point of view, with each change of light and weather.
seen from near or far, from above or below, surrounded by many others or isolated on a ridge- are
You were only able to experience half of it being in either place.
In California The
Umbrellas seemed to stretch to the horizon and beyond.
Their yellow color echoed the dry grass on the
hills, the aridity of the parched California landscape, which, in 1991, was deep in drought.
In Japan, the