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Lesson Plans

Re: MEANING: functional

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Sun, 14 Feb 1999 00:01:17 EST

Cindy contributed: "A good essay related to this subject is "The
Reenchantment of Art" by Suzi Gaiblik who redefines the role of artist in this
culture of winning and being the best and biggest, etc."
Thank you Cindy. I always discussed with my students that since the first
prehistoric humans moved a rock and marked on a wall we have been trying to
make our mark and rearrange our environment. It is a bit of a "control issue"
and every once in a while "Mother Nature" comes along to show us who is really
boss. Our "storm of the century" and the recent best seller "The perfect
storm"? plays out The theme of man vs. nature.
I think we make big things in order to see the impact/results. In some cases
the large scale adds to the meaning and in others it is lost. Sometimes as in
the case of Oldenberg it is a comment on ourselves but in others it is an
attempt to raise our spirits to a new height above the common every day
existence. We just have to look at the intent, motive, content, meaning and
purpose. What role does the size play in the meaning, signicance and purpose
of the work.