Sites Unseen (Paperback)
Landscape and Vision
University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822959595, 304pp.
Publication Date: May 18, 2007
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As the contributors reveal, the landscape is a widely adaptable medium that can be employed literally or metaphorically to convey personal or institutional ideologies. Walls, gates, churchyards, and arches become framing devices for a staged aesthetic experience or to suit a sociopolitical agenda. The optic stimulation of signs, symbols, bodies, and objects combines with physical acts of climbing and walking and sensory acts of touching, smelling, and hearing to evoke an overall “vision” of landscape.
Sites Unseen considers a variety of different perspectives, including ancient Roman visions of landscape, the framing techniques of a Moghul palace, and a contemporary case study of Christo's The Gates, as examples of human attempts to shape our sensory, cognitive, and emotional experiences in the landscape.
About the Author
D. Fairchild Ruggles is associate professor of landscape architecture, architecture, art history, and gender and women's studies at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of Gardens, Landscape, and Vision in the Palaces of Islamic Spain.
Praise For Sites Unseen: Landscape and Vision…
--Dana Arnold, Professor of Architectural History, University of Southampton, UK