DSW Dordrecht Holland 1969 -a first sketch
The more general term is 'environmental art' is an art form, developed in
the 20th-century, intended to involve or include the
spectators rather than to just occupy the same space; the form
can be regarded as having developed as part of a larger
artistic current that sought to break down the historical
dichotomy between life and art - but more probable is
that the artist, and in particular the sculptor, felt
the need to envelop the observer with sculpturally devised
surroundings. The environmental sculptor can utilize
virtually any medium and material, from earth and stone
to water and plants. Light, wind and rain are a natural
component of environmental art.
In the late sixties the sculptor Lucien den Arend
had a calling card with the text 'environmental sculpture'.
His first official environmental project was an enclosed
garden en a social employment plant in Dordrecht Holland
- Dienst Sociale Werkvoorziening.