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In 1809, Lamarck wrote that the problems that will beset humanity will come from separating ourselves from nature, and that will lead to the dissolution of society. His understanding of evolution was that an organism and its environment create a cooperative interaction. If you want to understand the fate of an organism, you have to understand its relationship to the environment. He recognized that separating ourselves from our environment cuts us off from our source. He was right.
Through poems and photographs, we are offering a map of sorts to help people forge deeper relationships with the world around them. To do this, we decided to think small. Instead of huge vistas, the photographs are close ups. Instead of showing a forest, we show a single tree. Likewise, the poems notice small details and bring the imagery into everyday situations: dealing with loss or frustration, finding joy or inspiration in this very moment. Not everyone has (or makes) time to go explore the landscape—the lichen, the sunflowers, the alpine lakes, the snow fields. So we bring these details to them and help step-parent the relationship, giving them many more reasons to fall more deeply in love with the world, or as Lipton and Bhaerman might say, reconnecting with our source. Our survival as a species depends on it.
33 IDEAS!, an exhibit of art, writing and ideas
Denver International Airport
This exhibit showcases visual and literary artists associated with Colorado Art Ranch as presenters, artists in residence, or Nomads at one or more Artposia. The artists were selected because they use their passion, skills, knowledge, and talent to ask questions and react to the world around them. The work, in turn, inspires us to ask questions and view the world from different perspectives.
33 IDEAS! is on display at the Ansbacher Hall: The Art of Colorado, on the walkway between the terminal and A Gates before the security screening. The hall is accessible for everyone’s enjoyment.
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