Tuesday, May 12, 2009


As we enter the the New Age of the Anthropocene we discover (once again!) that nothing is clearly "this way or that..." but that human beings have a choice. So it is with our newly "made landscapes" -- the form of our emerging times is really a question of which vision will be most widely made.

Two extraordinary contemporary artists have devoted their lives to giving us their views.
First, the "manufactured landscapes" documented by the Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky.

And, second, the "collaborated landscapes" of British sculptor-photographer Andy Goldsworthy.

Of course, there are enormous differences of intention, effort and scale between these works. Some would argue (with justification) that I'm comparing manufacturing and art. Perhaps, that's the point.

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