Enlivening Our Urban Landscape and Citizenry: An Artist’s Journey to Renew Our Relationship with Nature and Global Diversity

By Osprey Orielle Lake.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

What people see and experience on a daily basis in their communities influences societal direction and cultural well-being. In our modern time, with the earth’s population living primarily in cities, it becomes more difficult to focus on the natural environment and people are more susceptible to a sense of disconnection from nature. This sense of separation from the natural world, of which we are most essentially a part, can cause a great deal of individual and societal imbalance and isolation. Embracing nature-themed public art can be a bridge, reminding us of the vital relationship we have to each other and our planet, as well as the importance of celebrating and protecting our Earth’s wonder, beauty and bountiful gifts. It is also critical to current efforts in designing and creating sustainable living models to enliven our connection to the natural world and other cultures through public art that features Earth imagery and global diversity. It is through this connection that we have an opportunity to look at our cities and communities more enjoyably and responsibly, with an invitation to welcome ecological sustainability and neighborliness.

Keywords: Public Art, Monuments, Nature Art, Cultural Diversity, Art as a Tool of Societal Change, International

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 3, Issue 5, pp.17-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1005.654KB).

Osprey Orielle Lake

Artist and Founder of the International Cheemah and Mari Monument Projects, USA

Osprey Orielle Lake is the founder/artist of the International Cheemah and Mari Monument Projects, which celebrate environmental, multicultural and societal themes. Through her projects, Osprey explores art and new narratives as critical tools in societal transformation and in renewing and enhancing a contemporary human/nature relationship. She is an adjunct faculty member at two California universities and works internationally with social and environmental change organizations. www.ospreyoriellelake.com

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