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Re: size and meaning

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R. Moore (ronmoore)
Mon, 1 Mar 1999 16:44:39 -0800 (PST)

Dear Christine,
Your classroom project is absolutely socko! What a great idea!
And I'm not surprised to learn that you have had such interesting
responses. The Nazca works are particularly good examples of the size
issue in that they cannot be seen, or at least appreciated, as whole
designs from any terrestrial vantage.
Keep up the good work.

On Thu, 18 Feb 1999, Christine Merriam wrote:

> Hi,
> 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