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Lesson Plans

Re: Size, meaning and earthworks

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Thu, 18 Feb 1999 22:35:44 EST

Great ideas about new adaptations to existing monuments or earthworks.
Environmental installations have become very popular at my school. Each Fall
and again in the Spring when the weather is great, we map off sites at the
school and teams of students create sketchbook ideas and plan how to actually
make the installation happen. The installation day creates a lot of excitment
as unaware students come across these unexpected creations. Some have been
mandalas made of natural materials, and weaving in a stand of pine trees, a
creation in the sand pile or a weaving or mobile on and around the tennis
court fences. The students are available at specified times to tour the
sites. Of course we study the history of humans arranging their environment
from the caves and rock carvings to Christo, Goldsworthy, Smithson and many
others. The fleeting nature and the complexity of the planning is always
impressive. Many times the forum and meaning are not easy for students or
viewers to understand. The students become the best teachers after going
through the process themselves.
Debi B-H