Land Art and Ikebana for Children
The connection between Sogetsu Ikebana and land art is not disparate. In the book of flowers, Sofu Teshigahara wrote “I was once asked what I would do if I lived in a desert where there were no flowers to arrange. I answered I would arrange the earth”. Whilst Sofu wasn’t directly referring to land art, his comment is a reflection on the idea of creating ephemeral arrangements that are bound to the landscape from which the materials themselves arise.
Creating land art with children can provide a path for young children into the world of ikebana. Just as ikebana requires the careful observation of plants and flowers, so too land art inspires creation through the careful consideration of natural materials.
Raising young children in urban Madrid, I am conscious of the need for my children to develop a connection with, and respect for nature. For most children, playing with found objects, leaves, stones, and sticks is instinctive.
As a result, land art is a natural progression of discovery and play in a natural environment. Just as the motto of the Sogetsu School is ikebana “anytime, anywhere, by anyone” so too land art for children can be created in any environment, urban or rural, at any time, and by anyone.
The benefits of land art not only encourage a connection with nature. As an extension of outdoor play, it encourages children to exercise outdoors in the fresh air and inspires creativity in a fun environment.
 Teshigahara, Sofu (1979) Kadensho, Sogetsu Shuppan Inc. Japan p4