I only say this because I work with kids a lot and have seen some things
that are potentially damaging, ecologically. This usually involves water.
Kids like to "clean up" their surroundings and many times get into streams
and start to take out pieces as they work on an art or other project.
This may not be too big a deal, but nature is not a tidy set of dishes.
Matter of fact, some of our human waste products become essential parts of
the out of doors because they have on occasion replaced natural objects.
One good example is in a stream, lake, or pond where old tires, bottles,
barrels, and even car bodies function as wonderful habitat in those places
where big trees are not present. Here in the Pacific Northwest endangered
chinook salmon use rusting car bodies in the Skokomish River as critical
resting places. This is because big trees were cut down long ago, big trees
that used to fall into the river and offer shelter from the storm.
Ron Hirschi, Information Gravel Road
>Hey there...from one artist to another......my name is Diane Medve and
>I'm an art education grad student working on my certification. I'm
>taking art ed 605 (Social and Cultural Factors in Art Education) at Ohio
>State University. I'm interested in the art and ecology issue that
>focuses on using contemporary landscape forms to make comments about the
>world in which we live. I'm interested in Andy Goldsworthy in
>particular. I'm also interested in the stand that a child takes in the
>world of art and ecology and how we can teach children the meaning of
>contemporary landscape forms and the connections to their world. I'd
>like to use Goldworthy's work as an example of teaching these
>connection. Is anyone out there interested in these issues or similar
>ones? I'd appreciate your input. Thanks.