Land art and site specific sculpture - land art uses the environment and its scale as its material. Concrete art is expressed in material itself with which the artist introduces her non-representational objective. Public art can be viewed and accessed by observers.
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in retrospect - 1995 Kajaani ,Finland

THE CONCEPT OF ART is broad and hard to define. It can symbolize creativity and a personal
way to express oneself. To me, art is also synonymous to freedom because today more than ever,
there are no limits to what an artist wishes to depict. There are no longer cannons to confine her
or his inspiration, nor indeed where to exhibit, like this nature-friendly and unique open air mu-
seum Lucien den Arend has contrived.

What is furthermore important is that I, the spectator, am also free to look at a painting or in
this instance, at a sculpture. Why this feeling of liberty you may ask: ‘because a particular figure
can intrigue me, revolt me, appeal to my sensitivity, or come to the worst, leave me indifferent.’
To use a trendy idiom, art has become ‘interactive’. An object - since the theme here is plastic
arts - may be an attempt by its author to produce something sublime, another piece may convey
the artist’s anger to social injustice. Occasionally we come across an obscene piece, its author
probably having a good reason to shock us, spectators.

Art, with a capital A, is an important common dominator in our society, a link to share and
enjoy, no matter what our innermost esthetic or political beliefs may be. If I mention politics,
which is so far removed from art (yet an art to me!), I do so because in Bulgaria’s revival since the
fall of the Berlin wall, our numerous highly gifted sculptors, painters or musicians, have played a
significant spiritual part, thus contributing to a better balanced and tolerant society in the third


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