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Architecture and Nature: Creating the American Landscape by Sarah Bonnemaison, Christine Macy

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By Sarah Bonnemaison, Christine Macy

The notice 'nature' comes from natura, Latin for delivery - as do the phrases state, local and innate. yet nature and kingdom percentage greater than a typical root, they percentage a standard historical past the place one time period has been used to outline the opposite. within the usa, the connection among state and nature has been crucial to its colonial and post-colonial background, from the assumption of the noble savage to the parable of the frontier. Narrated, painted and filmed, American landscapes were vital to the development of a countrywide identification.

Architecture and Nature provides an in-depth examine of the way altering principles of what nature is and what it skill for the rustic were represented in constructions and landscapes during the last century.

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10). Nature preserved is thus encircled and defended. In the exposition, points of entry to the Wooded Islands are clearly established. Two bridges connect to the island from the Horticulture and Transportation Buildings, one from the courtyard between Mining and Electricity (toward the Court of Honor and entrance to the fair), while the last bridge weaves its way from the Fisheries Building. Each bridge, or point of entry, is well guarded by oversized sculptures of elk, wildcats, bison and bears – the “big game” animals of North America (see Plate 2).

It is, of course, a temporary dwelling, but then these are a people on the move, pulling up roots and moving onward with every expansion of the frontier. As long as the hunting and farming is good, the cabin endures; once it is time to move on, the roof will collapse, the logs will fall to the ground and rot away, and the architecture will return to nature. Not only does the log cabin carry national characteristics, it also speaks of origin. As we have seen, the Hunter’s Cabin was meant to represent the memory of the frontier.

13 “Indian Scout,” A. Phiminster Procter. remove human traces, to render the land ahistorical, and to re-cast it in an eternal present. The erasure of human traces was also meant to remove traces of work. As Richard White argues, “work is a fall from grace. In the beginning none labored. ”46 In the World’s Columbian Exposition, work occurs outside the Wooded Islands: in the Mining, Electricity, Manufactures and Horticulture pavilions. There, work is elevated to astonishing quantities of production by the power of machines and human labor.

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