Meaning: A beginning and a completion of the motions, A fulfillment between storms and days. – Jim Denevan
There’s something so sublime, so compelling about moments in nature. It is, in part, what drives many of us to snowboard in remote locations, sail through rough waters and ascend the Pyrenees on two wheels. Of course, there’s the adrenaline rush that comes with challenging mother nature. As a reward, she offers us moments of calm, beauty and sheer delight. Landscape artist, Jim Denevan works in these mediums of space, time and nature.
In March of 2010, Denevan and his crew journeyed to Lake Baikal in southwestern Siberia, where they created the world’s largest artwork on the frozen surface of the water. Hurricane force winds all but destroyed the work, but in the end, photographs and video captured the process. The result was a spiral of circles, set along a fibonacci curve, grow from an origin of 18″ to several miles in diameter. And, it was much more than that.
Denevan’s ephemeral project is beautifully depicted in a hardback book, co-published by The Anthropologist. It is also the subject of a DVD documentary directed by Meredith Danluck.