2008 Positive/Negative – Micro Land Art 1 (Oman)

On vacation on an Omani beach I recruited the local crabs to perform some conceptual work.

When you dig a hole, the ensuing materials must go somewhere. They can be scattered around to make them unobstrusive, removed to be dumped elsewhere, or piled up to occupy as little land as possible.

The crabs, because of their working technique, were comfortable shaping conical holes and, after a few unsuccessful attempts, I managed to train two of them to build similarly shaped conical mounds.
The result was neat and photogenic exercise where positive volumes and shapes balance the negative ones.