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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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: James Turrell, Skyspaces

: James Turrell, Skyspaces

Opening An Eye to The Sky

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Arts of Wonder

Jeffrey L. Kosky

University of Chicago Press

This chapter looks into a clearing that stays so open that we see the distance out of which things come to be. What draws near in this clearing enters into this distance, where it is seen but not mastered, as if in the intimacy of the lovers’ gaze. Today, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the clearing where we live sprawls everywhere. In it, we have built the global city. As urban sprawl clears away forest and wildlife, along with darkness and clouds, almost every place on the face of the earth has been cleared for men to dwell. On the ground of this sprawling clearing, we continue to build a city that encompasses the globe, a global city, until the open clearing has become full of what we have built.

Keywords:   clearing, distance, twenty-first century, global city, urban sprawl

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