Martin Hill's Environmental Sculpture Photography

January 16, 2014

Communications designer, environmental artist, and photographer Martin Hill has won awards for his design work and has been featured in galleries all over the world. His environmental sculpture photography has been featured in many magazines and websites, on posters and books since 1995. He is a force for good and here’s why:


“In 1992 I became so concerned about products causing environmental damage because of their unsustainable design that I turned my focus to understanding and communicating about solutions to these design issues… By creating and publishing environmental art my message of sustainability by design now reaches millions of people each year.”


“My life has been defined by adventures in wild places. Whether climbing difficult rock faces or just being absorbed by the natural wonders of nature. I have marveled at the way nature works and evolution occurs. As a designer I recognize our human lifestyles have become unsustainable and that this can only be reversed through better design informed by the way nature works. Along with my partner Philippa, my working method involves collecting materials such as stones, sand and leaves to construct these ephemeral works. Photography is all that is taken from the landscape and the materials return in time to nature from where they came.”


“The speed and scale of industrial development and population growth during our lifetimes has resulted in the environmental crisis we now face. We need to live in balance with the natural world of which we are a part and upon which we rely. After all, we are no more than water, air, earth and energy from the sun. The cycling of these elements is the source of inspiration for my sculptures.”


“All natural systems are under threat from the damage we create by our linear "take, make, waste" industrial model. This does not need to be so. We know how to change our lives and redesign our industries on cyclical principles but the collective will to do so is lacking. There is a large community around the world working towards making these changes. I support this movement by designing and publishing communications featuring my photographs.”


“The form of the sculptures metaphorically expresses our concern for the interconnectedness of all living systems. The use of the circle refers to nature's cyclical system which is now being used as a model for industrial ecology. Sustainability will be achieved by redesigning products and industrial processes as closed loops - materials that can't safely be retuned to nature will be continually turned into new products. Of course this is only one part of the redesign process. We need to use renewable energy, eliminate all poisonous chemicals, use fair trade and create social equity.”