Art, Music, and Ephemerality in the Designed Landscape

Start Date
07/22/2021
End Date
07/22/2021
Description
While Gary Smith has been a major player in the Ecological Design Movement for much of
its existence, he now devotes his primary design energies to ephemeral and improvisational environmental art. He will discuss this work, how it has influenced his design practice, and how its immediacy can reflect natural processes of change in the landscape. Landscape designer and music composer Larry Weaner will then discuss the commonalities between garden design and music composition, two arts that are experienced sequentially over time. He will also illustrate how improvisation and response to spontaneous events - techniques common to contemporary classical music and jazz - can have particular relevance in “wild” garden settings.
Distance Learning
Yes
Course Equivalency
No
Subjects
Design-Build
Health, Safety and Welfare
Yes
Hours
3.0
Learning Outcomes
Show how the practice of landscape design can be benefitted by selectively incorporating techniques of other fine arts.
To show how adventurous artists “ameliorate” wildness to enhance the “legibility” of their work.
To show how ephemeral art and improvisational music relate to landscape compositions that change over time according to ecological process.
Instructors
W. Gary Smith & Larry Weaner, FAPLD
Course Codes
Provider
New Directions in the American Landscape


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