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Re: size and meaning

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Christine Merriam (
Thu, 18 Feb 1999 14:33:00 +0000

This thread made me think of the Nazca Desert Drawings in Peru... an
ancient and VERY large artform.
One activity I did with students was to look at several "public art"
examples, from ancient Native American burial mounds to Mt Rusmore, etc.
Since we live by Monument Valley and there are lots and lots of
fascinating rock formations around, we look at Christo, then design a
plan for altering one of the rock formations. A favorite of mine by a
student is where she drew the 3 sisters (3 rock spires) and dressed them
up and titled it "3 sisters went shopping at K-Mart"
We then discuss "how to create the artwork" they write it down, and
take into consideration the ecological impact of their plans. For
example, students whose first thought is to paint the rock reconsider,
and make plans for something temporary, such as draping it. I still
puzzle how one guy was going to make his giant "hot enchilada rock"
complete with continuous dripping enchilada sauce!

Christine Merriam
Kayenta Intermediate School

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