Outdoor art in action

25 July 2016

Outdoor art in action

Art became a focal point at the Greenlands campus this month, when artist Erik Peitersen returned to develop his outdoor artwork. From Monday 18-Friday 22 July, he could be found near the main entrance with a paintbrush in hand, contemplating his next addition to the painting.

Art became a focal point at the Greenlands campus this month, when artist Erik Peitersen returned to develop his outdoor artwork. From Monday 18-Friday 22 July, he could be found near the main entrance with a paintbrush in hand, contemplating his next addition to the painting.

Kindly commissioned by Henley Denmark to create an ongoing piece for Henley UK, this was his sixth of nine sessions on campus, working on an art piece which began in September 2013. The large format painting is part of his international 'OutdoorArt' project, which aims to bring art out of art galleries and into natural surroundings. To shape the creative process and future of the painting, inspiration is taken from the weather, seasons, conversation and interactions. 

Erik’s 2015 session concluded with a piece showing figures from English history and popular culture standing on tree stumps, to represent the idea that although parts of history disappear, life carries on and new developments occur. 

In this sixth session on the painting, the personalities were fossilised in stone to demonstrate how nature moves on and evolves throughout time and history. This newest enhancement fits well with Erik’s plan that the painting will end the way it began, of a natural landscape next to the flowing River Thames. 

Erik will return this Autumn for his seventh session on the painting and he would no doubt appreciate a conversation to help shape his next piece. 

For further information, visit the OutdoorArt website or email Erik.

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