Bateman Publishing

Fine Line: Twelve Environmental Sculptures Encircle the Earth

Martin Hill


Dimensions: 280 x 280 mm

264 pp

ISBN 9781988538914

In 1995, two adventurous artists decided to follow their hearts, creative instincts and life principles to draw a symbolic line around the earth. They embarked on a global environmental art project to create twelve ephemeral sculptures in remote mountain locations around the world. The sculptures were made from natural materials found at each site, enduring only in the mind (and in photographs) as an artistic evocation of the temporary and interconnected nature of life.

Fine Line is Hill and Jones’ personal story of a 25-year commitment to art and to nature. The Fine Line they express with their stories, sculptures and breath-taking photography speaks to the fundamental disconnect of our time humanity’s fractured relationship with nature. Over 200 superb photographs accompanied by compelling essays by international specialists in systems theory, climate science, fine art photography and regenerative design further elaborate on the artists’ ecological philosophy. The end result is a book that is powerful, timely and inspiring.

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Artist Statement

MARTIN HILL is an award-winning designer and artist who has worked in the UK, Kenya, Australia, and has lived in New Zealand since 1974. He became an environmental artist in 1992.

PHILIPPA JONES studied English and Art History at The University of Auckland and Victoria University. She has worked as a weaver and writer. She has two adult children.

Hill and Jones have collaborated to make land art since they met as climbers in 1994. Hill's photographs of their ephemeral sculptures have been exhibited in solo exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, and Europe. Their work has been awarded at Pingyao International Photography Festival China, Arte Laguna Venice, and received a FAPA international award. In 2007 a book of their sculptures, Earth to Earth, was published internationally. They live and work in Wanaka, New Zealand.