Looking & Learning Ecology
Maya Lin, Listening Cone (detail), 2009. 19' x 10’ 6" x 8' 6" ( 8 x 3 x 2. 5 m). Location: California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco.
©Maya Lin Studio, Inc. Courtesy the Pace Gallery. Photo: Bruce Damonte/Courtesy the Pace Gallery.
“How we are using up our home, how we are living and polluting the planet
is frightening. It was evident when I was a child. It’s more evident now.”
In the last few decades, the earth and its preservation has become one of society’s most paramount concerns. News broadcasts, billboards,
and daily conversations heighten our awareness of the problems that face our planet.
Artists can help people think about contemporary issues like the environment. They
can communicate important messages about
the state of our planet and about measures
everyone can take to ensure the earth’s health
and survival. Eco-artists create artworks that
bring issues to light and inspire viewers to better understand and respect the world around
them. Many artists use recycled materials or
resources from the earth to make their art.
Lynne Hull uses such materials to interact
directly with the wildlife about which she is
concerned. Maya Lin, Skip Schuckmann, and
Vaughn Bell create spaces for humans to expe-
rience and contemplate their connection with
the natural world.