Sunday August 17 2008 / Art & Design

grass art 

Art can come in many forms, but grass? This year at the 2008 Wimbledon Tennis Championships, Grass Art took center court in a new kind of art installation. UK artists, Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey used grass as a photographic paper by projecting a black and white image onto a large panel of grass in a dark room.

They are acclaimed for their ground-breaking work with the light sensitivity of seedling grass and its ability to record complex photographic images, creating unique works that articulate the seductions of time and visibility.

grass art

Ackroyd and Harvey stumbled onto this technique after producing an installation that involved covering an indoor wall with living grass. A ladder was leaning against the wall, and the artists noticed that after it was removed a faint outline of the ladder remained on the grass.

They set about experimenting with ways of enhancing this effect, and soon they were using a slide projector as an artificial light source for growing their unique photographs. A typical exposure time is just over a week, with the image projected for 12 hours a day.

Unfortunately, the images don’t last for too long without continued maintenance. Once exposed to natural light, the grass begins to grow more evenly and the images fade away.

Ackroyd and Harvey have received numerous awards including the Wellcome Sci-Art Award, NESTA Pioneer Award and the L'Oreal Grand Prize for the Art & Science of Colour.

Click for more of Ackroyd and Harvey's work

All images courtesy of Creative Review

Suggested by
Ian Skellern