Greater Than Art

Greater Than Art

“I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want.” — Andy Warhol

Humans as creators have expressed their reverent appreciation for nature for thousands of years. From the cave paintings in Lascaux, France to the poetry of Mary Oliver, the fulfillment of expressing our response to Nature in fashion and music to operas and art, fills our museums and our hearts.  Artistic expression is a biophilic response- a term the great anthropologist Edmond O. Wilson claimed, was part of our DNA. We are born with a love of Nature. When we are in the forest or desert, or on a beach or mountaintop, we don’t think about enhancing the experience with art as we might decorate a room. It is enough.

Yes -‘It is the most beautiful art anybody could ever want.’ In nature, we may be awestruck and don’t think about snapping a few phone pictures. We want the experience of the “painting” to get fully etched into our souls. We feel good, hopeful, patient, and  aware

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