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Reflections on Reclamation through Art

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Industrial interventions in the landscape leave their imprint in a permanent way, but there remain options on how to deal with land even at that point in time. In this essay, three alternatives are considered: leaving such sites as they are, restoring them to a condition resembling their original state, or transforming them into artworks. The author focuses in particular on the third option in order to determine to what degree it is possible for artistic reclamation to redeem such blights in the landscape.   … the work of art is beautiful to the degree that it opposes its own order to that of reality … . Herbert Marcuse, 1978, p. 64

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Publication date: October 1, 2007

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