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Re: MEANING--Public Spirit

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Larry Cox (L_J_Cox)
Sun, 28 Feb 1999 15:29:42 -0700

I live near Anasazi (sp?) ruins in NM and was just at Bandalier looking at
cave paintings/drawings and agree with you. There must be some mystical
connotation that is not addressed to the world at large, but maybe a
personal thing or a communal thing...? Linda in NM
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From: carla schiller <>
To: Kevin Hall <kehall>
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Date: Sunday, February 28, 1999 2:42 PM
Subject: Re: MEANING--Public Spirit

>I enjoyed reading Ellen's lesson plan regarding public art. I myself was
>looking at the Philosophers' Walk and particularly noticed this comment by
>"When Russian writer Leo Tolstoy described the nature of art at the end of
>the nineteenth century, he insisted that artists aim to express the spirit
>of their age. By doing so, the art they created would generate a sense of
>community, he thought."
> I got me thinking about prehistoric cave art. My AP Art History class
>is just starting that unit now, because I did thinks a bit out of order
>this year. I started with the Renaissance and went forward in time for
>the fall semester through and including post-modern (i.e. now) art
>(clearly, we went a little over time, since we're now three weeks into the
>spring semester!). Now we're starting with cave art and going forward
>through and including the Middle Ages. Has some pros and cons over the
>traditional purely chronological curriculum... but back to public art.
> I find it fascinating that some of the art was hidden away in very
>hard-to-get places and was probably only seen by the artist. We infer a
>magical connotation in large part because of this inaccessibility to the
>"general public". I wonder if some of our public works have a "magical
>quality" to them, and if that ties in with the size. Perhaps some of the
>large memorials are offerings in some sense to the universe or a higher
>power or the spirits of those being memorialized, not just works for the
>appreciation of living humans. Does this make any sense to anyone else,
>or do I sound totally off the wall?
>Carla Schiller, Esq.
>Teacher, Highly Gifted Magnet
>North Hollywood High School, CA
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>"One never sufficiently appreciates the absence of pain."
> ---Robinton, from "The Dragons of Pern" by Anne MacCaffrey