The Nature of Landscape: A Personal Quest

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010 Publishers, 2001 - 176 стор.

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Сторінка 24 - They paint stuffs and masonry, the green grass of the fields, the shadows of trees, and rivers and bridges, which they call landscapes, with many figures on this side and many figures on that. And all this, though it pleases some persons, is done without reason or art, without symmetry or proportion, without skillful choice or boldness...
Сторінка 38 - As long as I live I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I'll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.
Сторінка 85 - I wasn't very excited about objects that protrude from the ground. I felt this implied an embellishment of external space. To me a piece of sculpture inside a room is a disruption of interior space. It's a protrusion, an unnecessary addition to what could be a sufficient space in itself. My transition to earth materials took place in Oakland a few summers ago, when I cut a wedge from the side of a mountain. I was more concerned with the negative process of excavating that shape from the mountainside...
Сторінка 132 - At that moment appeared Kent, painter enough to taste the charms of landscape, bold and opinionative enough to dare and to dictate, and born with a genius to strike out a great system from the twilight of imperfect essays. He leaped the fence, and saw that all nature was a garden.
Сторінка 154 - It addresses many of the ills of our current sprawl development pattern while returning to a cherished American icon: that of a compact, close-knit community.
Сторінка 26 - MSS. it is remarked, landscape is an art so new in England, and so lately come ashore, as all the language within our four seas cannot find it a name, but a borrowed one, and that from a people that are no great lenders but upon good security — the Dutch.
Сторінка 36 - Still strong in Scandinavian and German languages, these original meanings have all but disappeared from English. Webster's Dictionary defines landscape as static, "a picture representing a section of natural, inland scenery, as of prairie, woodland, mountains ... an expanse of natural scenery seen by the eye in one view...
Сторінка 134 - I now love to distraction gardens in the English style, the curving lines, the gentle slopes, the ponds in the forms of lakes . . . and I scorn straight lines and twin allees. I hate fountains which torture water in order to make it follow a course contrary to nature . . . anglomania rules my plantomania.
Сторінка 38 - On this site President Theodore Roosevelt sat beside a campfire with John Muir on May 17,1903, and talked forest good. Muir urged the President to work for preservation of priceless remnants of America's wilderness. At this spot one of our country's foremost conservationists received great inspiration.
Сторінка 148 - It's almost a release and relief to come back here. You're dealing with elements that are sometimes very undesirable. It's like the old moat and castle. You get back to your spot and you feel secure.

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