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A Global tour of Environmental Artists with Google Earth

Posted By Xavier Cortada, Friday, July 24, 2009

Please see 3:16 minute video.  The portion discussing Xavier Cortada's Google Earth views of Xavier Cortada's polar installations are 2 minutes and 40 seconds into the video.

The attached Google Earth document was created in response to the question: "How might we use art or design to promote a healthy environment and a peaceful, sustainable world?" (Green Friday, Synchronized blogging via Art Education 2.0 )� The Google Earth document is not a direct answer to the posted question, instead it is a compilation of many answers.� Art and artists featured were chosen based on environmental impact at various locations around the world. This tool can be used for a wide variety of learning experiences.� Teachers might use it as a simple exploration of environmental social issues at various locations around the globe or as a launch for an in depth exploration of environmental artists.�

Also featured in this google earth document are abstract satellite images from NASA.� Capturing our earth as abstract art through satellite imagery reminds us of the urgent need to preserve its beauty. Although the images cannot be attributed to one person, they are a collaborative work by many authors.

For more information visit:� The Teaching Palette

Green Friday: A Global Tour of Environmental Artists With Google Earth

April 2, 2009 by admin · 5 Comments 

greenfridayEnvironmental art often causes us to stop, think and question. It can make the viewer connect to the past, question the present or inspire change for the future.

So when Craig Roland posed the question on Art Education 2.0, “How might we use art or design to promote a healthy environment and a peaceful, sustainable world?” the work of environmental artists came to our mind.

In response to Craig’s question, we at The Teaching Palette created a Google Earth application that highlights environmental art on every continent. The art and artists featured were chosen based on environmental impact at various locations around the world.

The Environmental Art Around Google Earth application is not a direct answer to the question; instead it is a compilation of many answers as a global tour of environmental artists with Google Earth.

So explore art and artists from around the world as they show you how to use art/design to promote a healthy environment and a peaceful, sustainable world.

Below is a video to help introduce you to the Environmental Artists Around Google Earth application and explains how to use it.

(Have trouble viewing this video? Try this link. If your school blocks YouTube try this iweb link.)

If you do not have Google Earth on your computer or need to upgrade to the newest version of Google Earth,click here.

**Download the Environmental Art Google Earth file as illustrated in video above.

Now that you’ve explored the environmental artist globe on Google Earth how can you utilize it in your classroom?

  • Use Google Earth to introduce a specific artist, environmental art movement or culture.
  • Use as an extension for early finishers to introduce them to artists from around the world.
  • Introduce a specific artist such as Andy Goldsworthy. Give a group of students a digital camera, have them collect a variety of natural objects, arrange them in an interesting composition and then photograph their Goldsworthy-inspired art.
  • Print images and have students write about their experience.

Explore the blogs participating in “Green Friday” by clicking on the links below.


Tags:  Aboriginal  Andy Goldsworthy  Australia  Betsy Damon  Blog Carnival  Christo  Edwardo Srur  Envrironmental Art  Google Earth  Google Maps  Green Friday  Jim Denevan  Kavir  Kenya  Robert Smithson  Shai Zakai  Teaching Palette  The Eden Project  The Gates  Xavier Cortada 

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