Earth Art and Architecture

Earth art or plaster accents are easy to incorporate into new cob or straw bale walls, but you don’t need to build a brand new house to enjoy them. Plus, if you install the accents yourself with local materials, earth art can be a very cost-effective way to add warmth and life to your home.



Earthen accents can make a dramatic statement, like this stately tree designed by Deanne Bednar.
Earthen accents can make a dramatic statement, like this stately tree designed by Deanne Bednar.
Photo by Catherine Wanek
It’s usually easy to get friends to help you install mud.
It’s usually easy to get friends to help you install mud.
Photo by Kiko Denzer
Earthen accents can also offer a subtler effect, such as these candle niches, also designed by Deanne Bednar.
Earthen accents can also offer a subtler effect, such as these candle niches, also designed by Deanne Bednar.
Photo by Kiko Denzer
Earthen accents can make a dramatic statement, like this stately tree designed by Deanne Bednar.
Earthen accents can make a dramatic statement, like this stately tree designed by Deanne Bednar.
Photo by Catherine Wanek
To make this cat, Denzer hammered pegs into an existing cob wall, wove a coarse web of baling twine between them and added “strawey” handfuls of mud around the form. Then he applied finish plaster for finer detail.
To make this cat, Denzer hammered pegs into an existing cob wall, wove a coarse web of baling twine between them and added “strawey” handfuls of mud around the form. Then he applied finish plaster for finer detail.
Photo by Kiko Denzer
Earthen plaster gives you unlimited design possibilities. This is a low relief piece by the author done on sheetrock for a gallery show.
Earthen plaster gives you unlimited design possibilities. This is a low relief piece by the author done on sheetrock for a gallery show.
Photo by Kiko Denzer
Earthen plaster gives you unlimited design possibilities. This is a low relief piece by the author done on sheetrock for a gallery show.
Earthen plaster gives you unlimited design possibilities. This is a low relief piece by the author done on sheetrock for a gallery show.
Photo by Kiko Denzer
Earthen plaster gives you unlimited design possibilities. This is a low relief piece by the author done on sheetrock for a gallery show.
Earthen plaster gives you unlimited design possibilities. This is a low relief piece by the author done on sheetrock for a gallery show.
Photo by Kiko Denzer
Earthen plaster gives you unlimited design possibilities. This is a low relief piece by the author done on sheetrock for a gallery show.
Earthen plaster gives you unlimited design possibilities. This is a low relief piece by the author done on sheetrock for a gallery show.
Photo by Kiko Denzer
Earthen plaster gives you unlimited design possibilities. This is a low relief piece by the author done on sheetrock for a gallery show.
Earthen plaster gives you unlimited design possibilities. This is a low relief piece by the author done on sheetrock for a gallery show.
Photo by Kiko Denzer
Earthen plaster gives you unlimited design possibilities. This is a low relief piece by the author done on sheetrock for a gallery show.
Earthen plaster gives you unlimited design possibilities. This is a low relief piece by the author done on sheetrock for a gallery show.
Photo by Kiko Denzer
Earthen plaster gives you unlimited design possibilities. This is a low relief piece by the author done on sheetrock for a gallery show.
Earthen plaster gives you unlimited design possibilities. This is a low relief piece by the author done on sheetrock for a gallery show.
Photo by Kiko Denzer
The show entrance was made of mud over cardboard that was temporarily attached to movable gallery panels. The show was completed in about four days by a crew of five.
The show entrance was made of mud over cardboard that was temporarily attached to movable gallery panels. The show was completed in about four days by a crew of five.  
Photo by Kiko Denzer











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