Web Art Garden
World Environment Day 2021
5th June 2021 theme is Ecosystem Restoration.
Introducing the UN Decade for reviving and protecting our ecosystems.
A United Nations Day and vital platform for action every year since 1974
encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment
Over 40 artists across 10 countries participated in
Web Art Garden
World Environment Day 2021
Web Art Garden Parallel Events Worldwide
Listed East to West – Following the Sun
The Art of Sweeping for Inner and Outer Ecosystem Restoration
Tejakula, North Bali, Indonesia
Offering by Diane Butler and Friends of Dharma Nature Time
Masking the Earth
masking the face
facing the earth
Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia
Offering by Ibed Surgana Yuga
A Total Surrender to Nature
Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia
Offering by Agus Ismoyo and Nia Fliam
Our experience during COVID19 has become something unique. We are conscious of an interesting contrast in facing the lessons of a total surrender but living in an era when virtually everything is technological. It is a period where there are challenges in life that are like retail transactions, where face-to-face communication is handled by the tips of our fingers. If we look at the past era that was cosmocentric, where people lived within an intimacy that created a unity with nature, perhaps a total surrender was a normal kind of situation. However, living in the midst of the most current role of technology, we are grateful to be able to feel directly how life that grows with nature is authentic, natural and holistic. This experience becomes even more important again, because growth and rootedness have been our concept of creative process. This has been the power connecting us with nature and the source of creativity. Now this process becomes a reality and is no longer just a concept or a method which we have used until now. It is as if this experience invites nature to come back into our dialogue, along with technology, and reminds us to be more respectful in carrying out our activities. We feel that all of our actions that we carry out are a creative process that will create a new visual form. As an example, in our kitchen there is a place for garbage. Every time we cook we always throw the remains in the garbage. If we should forget to throw it away for just one or two days, the garbage will smell and there will be lots of maggots. Who makes it rotten and what makes the maggots appear? Is it nature or is it us or is it time? The situation forces us to ‘Surrender Totally to Nature’ and is in a time and space that is very valuable as a force in creating a consciousness in the creative process that we have been utilizing. The experience of the COVID pandemic gives us an opportunity to feel, receive and open a consciousness within ourselves towards a harmony in life which is a reality that we must be aware of. In the end, we come to feel this consciousness is important so that we touch upon the power and greatness of nature and our hope for unity with nature in our lives.
Kidung Biyung Bibi
Klaten, Central Java, Indonesia
Offering by Agus Bima Prayitna of Teatr Mantra Gerak
Surakarta, Java, Indonesia
Offering by Susana Miranti Kroeber
Green Man in the Garden Green man in the garden Staring from the tree, Why do you look so long and hard Through the pane at me? Your eyes are dark as holly, Of sycamore your horns, Your bones are made of elder-branch, Your teeth are made of thorns. Your hat is made of ivy-leaf, Of bark your dancing shoes, And evergreen and green and green Your jacket and shirt and trews. “Leave your house and leave your land And throw away the key, And never look behind,” he creaked, “And come and live with me.” I bolted up the window, I bolted up the door, I drew the blind that I should find The green man never more. But when I softly turned the stair As I went up to bed, I saw the green man standing there. “Sleep well, my friend,” he said. By Charles Causley
Membaca sebuah Pagi di Tubaba
Reading a morning in Tubaba.
Uluan Nughik, Tubaba, Tulang Bawang Barat, Lampung, Sumatra, Indonesia
Offering by Alexander Gebe
Transparent Life, Prayer for Human Transformation
Offering by Christina Klissiouni
Dawn in the Alps of Fruili
Offering by Franca Fubini
Later that day I was in the Schlosspark Charlottenburg, in Berlin.
Waterlilies in evening light.
Always reminding me of lotus. They’re not even the same family and do not have the incredible ability to cleanse themselves – but still….
In Berlin, one day long ago, Prapto said to me, ‘We, like the lotus, coming from mud…’
My companion Lole and I, in ‘the John Cage way’, rolled the dice to get the coordinates for a place in Berlin to meet for Web Art Garden. And arrived at the Schlosspark Charlottenburg.
A long time ago too we were at the same lake…
Friends, words and the lotus joining into my movement with the waterlilies.
Offering by Beate Stühm
In memory of the great flood of the ‘Gardon’ last September 2020. Change in landscape.
Vallée française – Le salt – France
Offering by Sylvie Gimmig
Finding New Sweet Homes in the Woods
We need to start finding our way back to the forests, making friends with the trees and the flowers, talking with the crickets and the spiders to feel close to the Ecosystem, to feel its vitality, its heartbeat, its wisdom.
Only by getting close enough will we be able to love it and restore it, return our gratitude to it, in forms of home or movement, by feeling one.
Offering by Montse Marti Gasch
Offering by Ditty Dokter
yew to lean against to feel held by to sense and be sensed by
this year so disturbing for us humans
you have seen all of this passing by for 700 years and more
my 72 years are nothing i know nothing
i’ve come to ground and lose myself at your roots
connecting earth and sky
lend me your shelter your strength your breath
teach me let me understand awe
the preciousness of life of earth of nourishing – of sky too
the silent knowing of surrender humility love
gratitude to the yew tree on the path
Hammer Woods, West Sussex, UK
Offering by Sister Cittapala
In memory of my grandmother from Latvia who taught me how trees can help us to connect with something that is closer and bigger than what we can think of.
Resting in Grandfather Tree
River Avon, Warwick, UK
Offering by Una Nicholson and Vern
In Avebury for the afternoon of World Environment Day to remember the tenth anniversary of one of many workshops that Suryadamo Suprapto conducted there over the years – the one in 2011 documented by Helen Edwards.
Offering by Simon Slidders and Julian Carlyon
Is every pilgrimage, however straight the line, a labyrinth turning us inwards? Coming into Avebury, just the sense of trying to find a place to land, In the place and in my memories. Rushing forward to find the past Only gradually settling to allow the present people to pass by. The stones like horses' heads waiting patiently to be stroked, Acknowledging us only with their breath, but not their eyes which are cast down, as they cast our eyes up to the blue skies above. We are lucky to be here. By Simon Slidders
Here and Now at the Palm Temple
Here and Now at the Palm Temple (in the garden at Radstock Cloister), Bristol University Chemistry department.
The Palm Temple is a dome, bifurcated and turned upside-down then set on the ground with its edges touching to form a new space – enclosing, holding.
It is made of colour, translucence and mirroring. All angle and reflection. Multiple facets. A jewel radiating, radiant, playing with rays.
The tale of its emergence is extraordinary. One of three women finding a garden, moving there, creating a sacred space in the early days of lockdown. Setting the stage for the temple to arrive. Midwives. I sat with this. Contemplated. Retracing. Re-membering. Past and distant connections and coming back to the Here and Now. I moved in the space.
Offering by Rachel Ballin
Dreams with Bracken and Wild Horses
A herd of Exmoor ponies was introduced on Black Down, a small piece of moorland at the highest point of the Mendips, with views over to Wales, across the estuary.
The horses were over by a group of willow trees. I lay down under a tree in the soft, dry earth. A bird sang a beautiful cadence of 7 or 8 descending notes, right above my head, and I relaxed, receiving the song and the presence of the horses. I felt their solid energy pulling me down into the ground. They started to move off and I followed them to another clump of willows, where they plunged right into the trees, chewing the bark and rubbing against the branches. I came close to them, feeling animal nature and also my two-footedness.
We played in actor and audience. When I was actor the horses were curious and came closer. I loved moving as they watched. Then I tried to take some photos, and they got bored and wandered off, forming a big, wide semicircle at the horizon, while I made a little offering mandala out of dung, earth and bracken, feeling grateful to the horse and the place.
Black Down, Mendips, Somerset, UK
Offering by Penny Stirling
Over many millennia the River Char and its streams have been draining and shaping a network of valleys which open to the sea at Charmouth. For World Environment Day, we moved from river to seashore and clifftop.
Charmouth, Dorset, UK
Offering by Keith Miller and Kristina Bourdillon
Watercoursing Ah Power that swirls us together... Gary Snyder, 'Gatha for All Threatened Beings' River stream runnel ditch rain drop trickle Waterbody moving, watercoursing like a tree branching through the land, veins of a leaf a spread hand, airways of our mammal lungs, fungal mycelium thread spreading through wood and soil. Rock and gravel streambed thirsty roots soft green shade birdsong, Watercourse breathing River mouth spilling onto seashore, Stone and clay cliffs slump and slide into the beach, Dark rocks left by Jurassic seas 200 million years ago now washed again by the sea, Different sea, Same water. Ancestor ammonite born swimming in the warm Jurassic now pauses crystalline in the soft rock and sings with the sea Waiting, not waiting Same water Different sea. Ecosystems flowing merging meshing shape shifting in creation, We too in these swirling ecosystem constellations breathing moving minds and bodies, ecosystem in ecosystem shaping and being shaped, re-membering re-storying re-viving connection ----- And now here - this flickering screen - You and we reach in hand and eye thread fresh pathways spreading connecting in eco web dancing By Keith Miller
Reflections on Journeying from Southport to Charmouth these Last Ten Years
One garden in the North West,
another in the South West:
coast to coast,
layer upon layer.
A car drives past.
A lathe grinds.
Then footsteps and a
Southport, Merseyside, and Charmouth, Dorset, UK
Offering by Carran Waterfield
Sun and Moon
Zen calligraphy brushed on the morning of World Environment Day 2021.
Clodock, Herefordshire, UK
Offering by Stephen Hopkins and Isabel Moros
Listening and Offering to the Forest
Listening and Offering to the Forest.
Remembering and appreciating being an inter-connected member
Holne Wood, Buckfastleigh, Devon, UK
Offering by Daniela Coronelli and Roy Whenary
Moving in Holne Woods At the entrance of Holne Woods leaving behind the sound of car engines and head-voices, too crowded to trust. Opening to the forest’s whispers and costumes of many shades of green and brown. Embraced by the melodies of wrens, gold finches and robins, while the River Dart murmurs softly in the distance. On and off the trodden path we are walking in quietness, you and I. Skin, breath and soul gradually adapting to the uplifting smells and the slow rhythms of the old forest. Grass, crunchy leaves, multi-shaped plants and fading bluebells soften the impact of our steps through the woodland tapestry. Today the forest is again our home and temple, as we celebrate World Environment Day, after many months of post-pandemic isolation and limitations. Walking deeper into the woods, the space widens and the river flows faster, around and below the large granite rocks. From the sky cascading light ribbons intersect the branches of chestnut and oak and beech and holly trees, wearing ancient patterns and textures of bark ….. some wearing furry moss. Here being guided to stop and open to the space marked by a fallen tree, a large mother beech and the singing river. Sensing connection everywhere. The wind scent, the dying tree crumbling and feeding the ground where healing herbs like nettles and comfrey grow; the half-fallen tree branch with pale green leaves, being uplifted by a sister tree. Moving, receiving ourselves and this space, sensing the texture of ground under the feet giving support and guidance. River mist cleanses the skin and the heart. Moving sculptures, interweaving gestures of bowing, gratitude and wonderment, while you take pictures of today’s offering: apple, nuts and seeds placed on the spine of a dead tree for the joy of squirrels, birds, insects and unknown spirits guarding this forest. Here in this wooded eco-system, sharing breath with the trees and the animals, a sense of balance and belonging that livens and inspires. By Daniela Coronelli
The shore consists of rocky outcrops, inlets and sandy beaches, islands and islets and just cries out to be explored. The structure of the rock forms a series of large or small glens and corries which lie in the same direction. From Corrbhan Mor the highest point down to Loch Caolisport, the beauty of each step is a sheer delight, every breath a new world and each moment sounding the light density of sky and rock and sea and atmosphere of place. I move between sky, rock and sea for an hour in the morning and evening, an ever changing vista depending on light and weather. At the Point of Knap the Sound of Jura opens. The joy of becoming ocean with seals arises, in sight of the Isle of Jura.
The peninsular is designated a site of special scientific interest due to the quantity and diversity of mosses and lichen.
Argyll, Scotland, UK
Offering by Helen Edwards
Moving Together in Ireland
Here in West Cork, Ireland, we moved with themes; including grounding, sensing and relating. Our group was Ben Townsend, Dan Grey, Claire Osborne, Hazel Newton, Cass Davies, Katja Machleidt, Mary Flynn, Clair Lalor.
We moved together to open and receive, then in two groups. Later we talked about our visions for the future of our planet and our environment.
Then we created a ritual to embody what arose. This co-created word collage is our reflections on the day.
Offering by Claire Osbourne and Friends
Imagine!! it's earth day... ‘what if....?’ it’s earth day and it’s the birthday of your future self visiting you and seeing you and thanking you for the dreams you’re having and the moves you’re making today. remember, as space is unbounded so is your imagination and earth is your playground Forever young Footsteps in the sky Little wings among the grass The birds Hovering above Listening to our song Of hearts and feet Dancing Peace descending Upon all of us Awe and awe and awe At the silence That sinks in Like mead of the gods Honey of the wild bees Of Tir na nOg Where is the world I would love to live in? Here Among us In the beautiful hearts That dare to dream The oak tree And the foxglove Teach us How it feels like Tir na nOg is At our fingertips It is the world within the world Let's step into it Now Moving among the trees sensing an expansive depth in the ground a quality of space at once a togetherness And each in its own I touch and feel moved I feel moved and am touched Grandfather tree, Shedding shade for sheltering humans And Buddha. Echoes of childhood, calls me to its highest branches, yet these feet stay earthbound. Prayer, gratitude, body remembers. Safety. Prayers for future trees.
Dancing at Dark
Whether we realise it or not, we are already, always, part of.
To become environmentally friendly is not necessarily a conscious choice.
It needs no effort.
It is the gradual and natural result of our movement practice.
Offering by Jessica Lu
Geo in Tepoztlán with Buddha Fountain
Offering by Geo Legorreta
Beautiful to feel the early life of the earth through art. Last year’s foxglove seeds now come to flower here.
Ancestral Cayuga Land, Central New York State, USA
Offering by Julie Nathanielz
Moving at Sunset
Connecting through the roots, the bones, the stones, the stems, the water
Moving together in the vast space
Solar warmth, horizon, and the open atmospheric garden
The birds, the breeze, resting, the camera clicks, life
At the bay on Unceded Chochenyo Ohlone Land
once lined with over 420 shellmounds, for burial, ceremony and celebration
Here, from so-called California, we web-arted with you all,
once the waves came across the seas to our shores
The virtual actualizing into a web art garden
Berkeley, California, USA
Offering by Claire Burns, Frances Rosario, mara poliak and Margit Galanter
Let’s look after our world together
Web Art Garden 2020 Facilitators
Helen Edwards and Keith Miller