Australian artist Andrew Rogers produces monumental works rooted in the history of the land where they were created. As in the case of his project Rhythms of Life, Rogers created the largest land art project in the world, consisting of 48 geoglyphs in 13 countries and on every single continent. The project involved around 7,000 people over a period of 14 years.
Rogers started the project in the Arava Desert of Israel in 1998, and since has created works in Israel, Chile, Bolivia, Sri Lanka, Australia, Iceland, China, India, Turkey, Nepal, Slovakia, The United States, Kenya, and Antarctica. At each site, the projects start with a celebration based on local customs, such as traditional song and dance in China or shared wine in Chile. While creating the geoglyphs, Rogers and his team are often challenged by the elements, including raging blizzards in Iceland, scalding 110-degree days in the Israeli desert, and extreme altitudes in the Bolivian Andes. The Turkish project is the largest contemporary art park in the world, and it includes twelve massive hand-built stone structures. The lines of these structures measure about 4 miles in length and consist of over 10,500 tons of stone. The park extends over an entire mountain valley at a distance of 1.5 miles.
A geoglyph is a design on the ground (generally larger than sixteen square meters) that is formed by an arrangement of clasts such as rocks, pebbles, gravel, or soil. A positive geoglyph has clasts that are formed on top of the earth. Negative geoglyphs are engraved below the surface of the earth. Arguably the most famous negative geoglyphs are the Nazca Lines of Peru.
Andrew Rogers has revived the ancient endeavor of creating land art, a practice long considered mysterious but greatly spiritual to primordial creators. Land art became a key strategy for many American artists of the 1960s, as they used the land as a scene for public intervention. The practice can be seen as subversive to the commodification of art, as it exists outside the world of galleries and museums. Land art is relatively impermanent, as the works are often made of ephemeral materials destined to vanish in a short time. Alongside Rogers, it is important to note Christo, Michael Heizer, and Dennis Oppenheim as dynamic fellow contemporary land artists.