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Arts of WonderEnchanting Secularity - Walter De Maria, Diller + Scofidio, James Turrell, Andy Goldsworthy$
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Jeffrey L. Kosky

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226451060

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226451084.001.0001

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: Walter De Maria, The Lightning Field

: Walter De Maria, The Lightning Field

seeing a flickering light

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Arts of Wonder

Jeffrey L. Kosky

University of Chicago Press

This chapter addresses the source of light: the sun or the factory, in contrast to the lightning that vanishes, along with stormy skies, with the apotheosis of electricity. In this flickering light, things come to be without standing still, captured in a permanent presence, always accessible for the user or spectator. The dream of enlightenment, in apparently fulfilling itself, has arrived at a strange inversion. Heir to the sun of the enlightenment and the electric factory, our daily lives seem to know no night, no dark in the sprawling omnipresence of illumination—and so we know no place to see the light and the clearing it makes. This lends support to the suspicion felt by some of us that the enlightened world and the objects it presents to our grasp is increasingly deserted, as all dissolves in the glare of too much light.

Keywords:   light, lightning, electricity, enlightenment, electric factory, illumination

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