Synopses & ReviewsTurn the earth under your feet into natural, cheap, beautiful art: African-inspired murals, fanciful playground sculptures, labyrinths, sundials, sculpted benches, bird houses, & more.
Complete illustrated how-to guide to mud, art, & community.
Inspiring stories & color photos from earth-artists here & abroad.
For teachers, parents, activists, builders, artists, & other kids.
Here is inspiration and instruction for anyone interested in making beautiful art out of earth. The author of Build Your Own Earth Oven teaches you to find, mix, and sculpt the right mud; develop group goals and vision, and translate simple, natural (and easy to draw) patterns into sophisticated and complex designs. The resulting murals will transform anonymous "spaces" into real places. Or make "garden art" you can sit on (or in). Get inspirated by earth artists across the country and over the sea. Extensive resources for further study. Join them all in making art to help "join us, harmoniously, to a whole." Brief, elegant, wonderfully and generously illustrated with drawings and 32 pages of color photos.
This book teaches you how to transform ?the dirt beneath your feet? into your own beauty. The simple, step-by-step how-to will have you building earthen bird-houses, model villages, sculptural benches, playground structures, murals, even monumental labyrinths and sundials! It includes a simplified approach to drawing and design, as well as instructions for locating and mixing materials; collaborative methods; philosophical perspectives; and resources. Inspiring photos feature community projects from Washington DC, to Chicago, Mexico, Berlin, and a neighborhood strategy in Portland, Oregon that uses earthen art to build community.
About the Author
Kiko Denzer is an artist, teacher, and author in the earthen building revival. He serves as artist-in-residence in schools in his home state of Oregon, and has muddied tens of thousands of hands with his popular oven and bread manual, Build Your Own Earth Oven.