Nelson Walter de Maria post

Our lecture last thursday on Walter de Maria and land art was extremely interesting with regards to the dialogue between man and nature or the connection between the two. The piece that was most interesting to me was the Lightning Field, particularly after hearing that you (Professor) had stayed over night there in order to see the magic come to life. I though that it was extremely creative to put a crazy number of poles in a land space in order to see how light reacts with them. My only questioning thought was that the artist alone cannot necessarily take credit for what nature does, obviously, naturally. He put the poles there to emphasize the beauty of nature. Therefore, although he is a brilliant artists, I think that the more important thing is to realize natures natural beauty and that we need to take advantage of this beauty more often. It is more about experiencing our surroundings rather than looking at a material piece.


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