30 June 2020
Andorra Land Ant Biennale 2019
Issue date: 30/06/2020
Printing Process: Offset
Paper: Estucado, engomado, fosforescente
Size of stamp: 40,9 x 28,8 mm
Sheet effects: 25 Postal
Value of the stamps: 1,45 €
Print run: 60.000
The extraordinary mountain landscape offered by the Principality of Andorra is the unbeatable framework for the L’Andart International Biennial. An artistic style emerged at a gallop in the 1960s and 1970s, based on conceptual art and minimalist art, which united in a single concept. Art, in its multiple expressions, such as architecture, sculpture and nature, was conceived as a expressive framework for this kind of art and also the medium with which the work is conceived and created. Rocks, gravel, earth, branches or weather phenomena such as the wind and tides, are some of the elements used to create works in this ephemeral art, which integrates the landscape into the work as a whole, as one more expressive element.
The third edition of the Biennial was held in 2019 and theme was the practice of Shinrin-yoku, which translates as forest bathing. It is a practice that invites us to immerse ourselves in the leafiness of forests to enjoy the benefits it provides for our bodily and mental health.
Therefore, the third edition located the 40 works taking part in the event in the woodland surrounding Engolasters lake. The works were created by artists from sixteen countries, specialists in disciplines such as video art, photography and architecture, where there were internationally renowned artists, such as Jean-Paul Bourdier, and local talent, such as the sculptor, Toni Cruz. The diversity of view points allowed a rethink of the relationship between human beings and nature and emphasis on Andorra’s rich natural heritage.
The work created by the French painter, Saype, for the event, entitled Beyond walls was the design chosen for the stamp. Two entwined hands on a black and white mural, five hundred metres long and thirty metres wide, painted using organic paint. It is part of a project by the artist, who will go to different cities around the world creating various murals of entwined hands, making a symbolic human chain, the longest in the world, with the aim of promoting optimism and kindness in the public worldwide.