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Reading about Barbara Westfall's ecological and performance art piece
"Gathering Places" provoked a question in my mind about the nature of
ecological art. Westfall's piece takes place on her private property. It
involves her daily activites, focussed on a "community-based, ecologically
healthy, sustainable land-based way of living." It is an on-going piece,
changing with the seasons. In the fall of 1993 she had an exhibition in
which she invited community members to come and visit her farm. It
seems that the intent of most ecological art is to somehow shape or
change, or increase awareness of the public's attitutes towards the
environment. If this is the intent of an ecological work of art, should
it be accessible to the public at all times, or at least on a regular
basis? Is it possible to have ecological art that is never
accessible to the public?