On Thu, 18 Feb 1999, Christine Merriam wrote:
> 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