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Sacred Art of the Earth: Ancient and Contemporary Earthworks Paperback – April 1, 1997


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826408834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826408839
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,071,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 1997
Format: Paperback
There are areas on the earth recognizable as important, even powerful.
They have been spoken of as sacred by some, "resonating" by others.
Many years and several careers ago, while waiting for my Masters Thesis on
a Quaternary topic to be signed off, I played around with studies of
environmental perception. I did not, however, find an objective explanation
for this phenomena of "sacred" landscapes.

My own experiments consisted of tachistoscopic viewing of a large number
of photographic slides. I asked fellow grad students to rate each slide,
1 to 10, as it was projected. I had previously measured each of the photos
for percentages of color as well as features such as water, sky, vegetation,
etc. The photos were, for the most part, of natural landscapes. I don't
recall getting any meaningful results and the professor suggested that
all I really wanted to do was show off my photography.

Maureen Korp has done a much better job than I of analyzing such landscapes.
In her new book, _Sacred Art of the Earth, Ancient and Contemporary
Earthworks_ (Continuum, 1997 ISBN 0-8264-0883-4), she presents criteria
for recognizing locations of "power" through analysis of a particular
type of art, earthworks.

For those of you unwilling to approach religious topics, don't be
misled by the title. This is not a theological text. If you wish,
think in terms of aesthetics rather than religion. Feelings of awe
and wonder associated with "sacred sites" can and are experienced by
atheists, agnostics and the devout; only the words used to describe
such experiences vary.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gtillman@freenet.carleton.ca on June 6, 1998
Format: Paperback
Our relation to the earth, to particular places, is an important element of our identity as individuals and as a country. Northrop Frye once asked: "Where is here?" Maureen Korp provides an original and stimulating route to exploring that question through an examination of how some artists confront the land. In clear and frequently witty prose, Korp explains first how the works of some artists in and around Ottawa and Hull opened her eyes to new ways of looking at "ordinary" places, which turn out to be not so ordinary. The artists' careful compositions guide the viewer to something beyond the immediate space. A chapter on Jennifer Dickson's photographs of gardens takes a further step towards sites where "there have been events of passion and intellect; the sites have history and they have names." This observation leads to considerations of "built spaces", such as Saskatchewan's Moose Mountain Medicine Wheel and other North American native earthworks, as well as six massive contemporary earthworks. Korp skilfully lays out a path that leads us to glimpses of understanding why some places strike us as significant, why simply being there we can be overwhelmed by their power by simply being there, and sometimes experience visionary states. They center us to the earth; they point our ways home. This book produced many flashes of recognition. It helped me make sense of my reactions when I first returned to my birth place, and of my responses to other places that have been important to me. Such spaces help us find ourselves in that world; that is why they have a touch of the sacred. Sacred Art of the Earth opened my eyes in marvellous new ways. Maureen Korp addresses profound issues in a wonderfully down to eath voice.
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