Nils-Udo, is a German Artist. Born in 1937, he began art in the 1960’s as a traditional painter. Soon after that, he decided to move to his home country of Bavaria and begin doing something very odd. He decide to make planted creations. He would take these creations and leave them in natures hands to develop and eventually disappear. After a while he began photographing his pieces in order to share them with the world. Udo’s practice fluctuates between intricately planned out installations, some urban, and extensive use of found natural materials after he has immersed himself in a place and a particular season season. This has led to both small and quite monumental works, including Nordhorn Tower and STONE-TIME-MAN. The Artist,Nils-Udo, however recognizes that, just like the flowers on a leaf, these pieces too will eventually slowly decay and fall back into nature, even though that timeline might be much longer than that of a flower.
Over the course of all of Nils-Udo’s works, his primary metaphor, which can be seen across most of his works, is the nest. He believes that the nest circles down into the comfort of the natural earth. Along with this he holds a deep playful affinity for berries and blossoms.
Quite possibly the most interesting thing about Nils-Udo’s works is that he creates all of his works on site, and only uses materials which he can find around him in the area which he is creating the piece. Greenmuseum.org describes his work best when they say “It is a seductive world of “potential utopias”, colorful mounds, giant nests and dreamy days in the forest. Nature is the source and inspiration.”
Nils-Udo’s artworks are a great testament to the utter beauty of nature. we don’t need such artificial means we’ve created to make something utterly beautiful in nature.