Terry Drahos, director of Uncommon Common Art, based in Nova Scotia, recently sent me on the latest photographs from this incredible art project. I first came across the work last year and was bowled over by the art and their mission; the largesse, the sheer scale and desire of the participants and organisers of the project.
The project has been developing over the last six years and is a concrete example of collective action, the importance of art within the the community and above all how art making within the landscape can raise awareness of the environment and our relationship to it.
Uncommon Common Art is about articulating the beauty of nature through art, about readdressing the mainstream media’s notion that man is only capable of having a negative impact on the natural world, that human beings are unable to have a meaningful relationship with the world around them. They want to show the world that we are capable of working within nature to create an aesthetic that draws us closer together. As they put it in their mission statement:
How a child at the beach may creatively stack a series of rocks and leave them for the next beach comber to find. A hiker may pick a bouquet of wild flowers and leave them as a beautiful present for the next person on the path.
It is in this context that the artists create installations and sculptures in Kings County, Nova Scotia as a gift to those who enjoy the power and beauty of nature, the art a physical manifestation of their connection to the natural world, an art that people can relate too, can talk about, share, love.
These are the only photographs I could get hold of but there are smaller ones on their site which will give you a better picture of this wonderful project. And if you are interested in knowing more or getting involved I urge you to check them out.
All photographs by Ernest Cadegan