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41 Environmental Design Pieces

From Grassy Horse Sculptures to Stellar Sand Portraits

— July 28, 2015 — Eco
Sand, water, grass and snow are just of the few of the natural elements that make up these awe-inspiring pieces of environmentally inspired designs. While many designers strive to make lasting pieces of artwork that will stand the test of time in a museum, many creative individuals are temporarily creating installations using only what nature has to offer.

Some of these amazing and ephemeral environmental art pieces include sculptures that have been created in fields, gravity-defying sand art and snow sculptures fit to live in.

The design world is favoring materials and media that are so environmentally conscious, they can only be appreciated for a short time in person before disappearing forever. In order to further emphasize a message to do with the health of the environment, some artists even make use of living art materials to communicate the public's need to support the wellness of the people and the planet.
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Glowing Landscape Art
Glowing Landscape Art
In Decoding Scope Lee Jeong Lok Artistically Uses Lit Up Korean Characters
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Avian Light Fixtures
Avian Light Fixtures
Neri&Hu's Yanzi Lights Look Like Caged Birds
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Brick Toy Snow Sculptures
Brick Toy Snow Sculptures
Think Outside of the Box and Build a LEGO Snowman
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Sculptural Snow Mazes
Sculptural Snow Mazes
Sweden's Wintry Maze Encourages Outdoor Play in Adults and Kids
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Icy Nordic Hotels
Icy Nordic Hotels
The 25th Iteration of Icehotel is Built Out Of Nearly 5,000 Tons of Ice
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Sand Angel Installations
Sand Angel Installations
The Lifesaving Society's Beach Art Piece Raises Awareness on Drowning
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Molecular Facade Designs
Molecular Facade Designs
Claudio Vilarinho's Facade Takes Inspiration from Solar Panel Molecules
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Landscape-Mimicking Billboards
Landscape-Mimicking Billboards
These Billboards in California Draw Attention to Natural Beauty
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Annual Winter Celebrations (UPDATE)
Annual Winter Celebrations (UPDATE)
Harbin's 2013 Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is Impressive
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University Campus Living Walls
University Campus Living Walls
This Vertical Living Wall is the Entrance to a UT Austin Building
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Annual Winter Celebrations
Annual Winter Celebrations
The 27th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is Sure to Amaze
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Grassy Horse Sculptures
Grassy Horse Sculptures
This Natural Sculpture is Integrated into the Welsh Landscape
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Stinging Sandy Sculptures
Stinging Sandy Sculptures
This Jonathan Bouchard Bee Sand Sculpture is Astonishing
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Powerful Pollution Installations
Powerful Pollution Installations
Images of Crying Babies are Projected on Factory Smoke in Protest
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Honeycomb Staircase Structures
Honeycomb Staircase Structures
'Vessel' Will be a Towering Stairway in New York's Hudson Yards
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Native Olympic Art
Native Olympic Art
Artistic Endeavors at Vancouver Olympics are Breathtaking
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Man-Within-Man Sand Sculptures
Man-Within-Man Sand Sculptures
Infinity by Carl Jara Depicts Surreal Human Figures
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Optical Illusion Sand Art
Optical Illusion Sand Art
These Sand Optical Illusions Stretch the Reality of the Mind
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Tentacle-Covered Tree Cozies
Tentacle-Covered Tree Cozies
Jill et Lorna Watt's Knitted Tree Art Resembles a Squid
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Sandy Composer Portraits
Sandy Composer Portraits
A Beachy Schubert Announces the 2014 East Neuk Classical Music Festival
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Abstract Beach Art
Abstract Beach Art
Sandcastle Matt Uses Found Objects to Create Avant Garde Sand Sculptures
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Massive Beach Sculptures
Massive Beach Sculptures
Sand Rushes is a Huge Design
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Train Track Murals
Train Track Murals
Katharina Grosse's Train Art Playfully Colors the Sights You'd See on a Train
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Movie-Themed Sand Sculptures
Movie-Themed Sand Sculptures
The Weston Sand Sculpture Festival Showcases Beachy Talent
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Star Wars Sand Art
Star Wars Sand Art
Jamie Wardley Sends Environmental Messages via Sand
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Hanging Vine Walls
Hanging Vine Walls
MIA Design Studio Decorated This House's Walls with Strings of Vines
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Illusory Hovering Tree Art
Illusory Hovering Tree Art
This Cleverly Painted Art on Trees Augments the Tree's Appearance
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Styled Naturalistic Photography
Styled Naturalistic Photography
Ivan Zamurovic Creates Images by "Shopping" in Nature
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Sprawling Sand Art
Sprawling Sand Art
Artist Tony Plant Paints Images by Way of Rakes and Granules
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Webbed Beach Art
Webbed Beach Art
Oak Beach by NeSpoon Uses Doilies to Beautify the Oceanscape
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Melting Iceberg Art Installations
Melting Iceberg Art Installations
Olafur Eliasson’s Melting Ice Art is Sustainably Kept Cool
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Sandy Sculptures
Sandy Sculptures
Jesolo Lido's Annual Sand Sculpture Festival Has Dante's Inferno Them
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Pyramid Plant Installations
Pyramid Plant Installations
Vermilion Sands is a Project by Matthew Soules in Vancouver
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Ceramic Flower Sculptures
Ceramic Flower Sculptures
These Pieces of Ceramic Art Resemble Beautiful Bouquets of Flowers
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Interactive Architectural Toys
Interactive Architectural Toys
'Lux' Connecting Toys are Used to Build and Create Design Concepts
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Epic Sand Castles
Epic Sand Castles
The Zhoushan Sand Sculpture Festival Boasts the World's Largest Sand Sculpture
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Surreal Sand Sculptures
Surreal Sand Sculptures
Carl Jara Creates Unexpected Beach Artwork
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Interactive Rice Fields
Interactive Rice Fields
TeamLab Japan's Digital Art Installation Uses Mapping Technology
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Stellar Sand Sculptures
Stellar Sand Sculptures
‘Fairy Tales & Legends' at World Sand Sculpture Festival 2009
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Living Art Installations
Living Art Installations
This Plant Artwork Combines Consumerism and Wildlife
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Incredibly Intricate Eco-Sculptures
Incredibly Intricate Eco-Sculptures
These Shrub Sculptures were Made for a Competition in Montreal
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