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Strijdom van der Merwe is a South African award-winning land artist who uses materials he finds on-site to create his artworks. His materials include sand, water, wood, rocks and stone. Strijdom is also a sculptor and contemporary artist whose art, sculptures, limited edition prints, and art installations form part of art collections, art routes, sculpture parks, and residences internationally.
Strijdom van der Merwe has gained global renown for his land art created with sand, water, wood, rocks, stone. His work makes a statement about our relationship with the land and is informed by an open dialogue with sites and spaces.
As a land artist Strijdom van der Merwe generally uses the materials as found on a chosen site. These sculptural forms take shape in relation to the landscape. It is a process of working with the natural environment/world by using what is found on site and then shaping these elements into geometrical forms until it gradually integrates with the natural environment again. Depending on the purpose of the exhibition or the commission the artist will also use materials that is brought in to the landscape in order the make a statement about our relationship with the land, in many of these works the installation is not permanent but only functional for the duration of a certain event.