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Environmental Art

Environmental Art Collage

Started: 1960s

"You walk over the earth, and you don't realize that you have colors under your feet"

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Since primitive man first illustrated streaks of rain and lightning on the interior walls of their cave homes, artists have been entranced with depicting our natural environment. Yet, for centuries, the landscape's appearance in art was meant to construe either awe for our natural world, or as a background subject for the documentation of human narratives. In the 20th century, alongside rising global concerns surrounding the state of the environment's health, and our impact as humans upon it, many artists started creating works in collaboration with the physical world to draw attention to ecological issues as well our relationship and contribution to them. As a more defined concept, Environmental art has gained more traction since the 1990s when artists have begun to think about their surroundings not just in terms of lived or built space, but as a cohesive system in which humans have a central part to play.

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