Menashe Kadishman began his artistic career as a minimalist sculptor in London and by the late 1960s he was a pioneer of conceptual art, blurring the boundaries between art and non-art. In the late 1970s, Kadishman decided that nature had to be brought back into museum halls, which he did with great drama when he displayed a live flock of sheep stained blue at the 1978 Venice Biennale. (Caring for the sheep was easy for him; he had worked as a shepherd on a kibbutz in his youth.) Sheep would become a major motif in his art and, more broadly, very little of his work from that time forward lacked naturalistic imagery. In his Cracked Earth series, Kadishman portrays cracks in the land which despite the cracks (perhaps because of the vibrant colors) seem pregnant with promise; indeed, they are like the conversion of desert sand to farm land which he watched during his lifetime in Israel.