The relationship between art and nature has gone hand in hand throughout history. From primitive cave drawings, to the paintings of John James Audubon, the realm of nature has always been an inspiration to artists.
But Nature Art can go beyond just depicting beautiful scenery, and such is the aim of the 'Bat Cloud' installed recently at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo.
The aerial sculptures are not only graceful and beautiful, but will also provide a habitat for bats, and pique awareness as well.
"People aren't really aware how beneficial they are and how important they are," says Joyce Hwang, the artist of the Bat Cloud. "So I thought it would be an interesting thing and a great thing to make something that would instigate a sense of curiosity about bats, so they aren't seen as these vicious, rabid animals."