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Some people think that art is something that can only be created by human hands. We have become accustomed to seeing sculptures chiseled out of marble and paintings carefully crafted with a variety of paints and brushes, but what about all of the beautiful patterns and colors we see in the natural world; are these things art too?

In the eyes of article Nils-Udo, the answer is yes.

This amazing Bavarian artist has been using nature to create stunning sculptures, installations and photographs since the 1970’s. Working on site, Nils-Udo utilizes found natural objects to build his lyrical and enchanting pieces. While his pieces unquestionably highlight the beauty of the landscapes and objects he uses, they are also conspicuously constructed by human hands.

Of his work, Nils-Udo states, “Even if I work parallel to nature and only intervene with the greatest possible care, a basic internal contradiction remains. It is a contradiction that underlies all of my work, which itself can’t escape the inherent fatality of our existence. It harms what it touches: the virginity of nature… To realize what is possible and latent in nature, to literally realize what has never existed, utopia becomes reality. A second life suffices. The event has taken place. I have only animated it and made it visible.”

Bringing to light the never-ending struggle between man and our natural surroundings, Nils-Udo’s art gives us insight into how we relate to the wilderness every day. Are we part of this world or are we merely clever manipulators who have made it ours? It’s quite the existential quandary, but there is no denying that what Nils-Udo creates is beautiful.


This piece, entitled “Mirror” is made only with berries, wire, soil and water, yet its impact is endlessly profound.

Who says humans get to have all the fun? “Untitled 21” shows a group of trees embracing the spirit of summer time.


If you look quickly, these water flowers almost resemble a flock of women in lavish gowns. Anyone else reminded of Fantasia?


Seeing a nest made out of twigs in a forest is not unusual; however, seeing one large enough for an entire human family is.


Can you believe this gorgeous creation was made possible with only groundwater, bluebells and some bark from a hazel tree?


We imagine this is a tree’s take on a picture frame. Hey, they have precious moments to commemorate too!


Makes you want to crawl in and stay for tea, doesn’t it?


Titled “Water House,” this piece resembles the beginnings of a foundation for a home. Would you live here?


While this might look like a frog on a lilypad, upon closer examination you’ll see it’s not really a frog at all. Does this mean that the frog isn’t natural?



All image source: Nils-Udo

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