It seems unlikely that a collection of rocks, acorns, and other natural materials could result in more than random landscape. But at Macalester’s Ordway Field Station last spring, students created art from materials supplied by Mother Nature.
Professor Megan Vossler took a group from her Drawing 2 course out to the 280-acre preserve in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, to create site-specific sculpture. They had studied the work of artist Andy Goldsworthy, who uses only materials he finds on site.
“We wanted to experience that type of process,” says Vossler. “The students were not allowed to bring any tools or materials with them.” Students used what they found and rearranged the items into a visual design that would peacefully coexist with the surrounding ecosystem.
Visitors who came later were treated to artistic gems hidden in the forest.