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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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: Andy Goldsworthy, Works

: Andy Goldsworthy, Works

To Dwell Creatively with Earth and Sky, Wind and Water

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Arts of Wonder

Jeffrey L. Kosky

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the work that leads us to dwell in a clearing that includes not just solid ground but also the rivers and tides, winds and melt, against which the apotheosis of electricity struggles. In “The Apotheosis of Electricity,” the place of the sun is held by a great electric factory that assumes the work of shining a light that clears away clouds and makes a secure harbor to which ships can come home. This image teaches us about the important role that human industry, work, and technological invention play in making and holding open the clearing where things and men might come to rest on solid ground. Not fully rooted in nature himself, man must contend for the ground on which he can “win a foothold” and stand amid a nature that overfills the planet, generating things like the sea, ever fluctuating and turbulent, indifferent to the human who would dwell there.

Keywords:   clearing, solid ground, electricity, electric factory, human industry

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