Animating Frankenstein Lands: The Place of Landscape Art in Post-mining Lands
The created lands of rehabilitated post-mining landform must transition from mountains of overburden to a living ecosystem, but at what point can we claim rehabilitation success? I argue that it is when relations between the human and non-human worlds are reinstated and the newly created lands become loved and storied once again. Landscape art is uniquely positioned to bring land into relationship with people, to co-create stories of beginning and enact conversations about futures. Three Australian artists, who co-create with land are examined; Susan Purdy, John Wolseley and myself, Penny Dunstan. Collaborative landscape art embodies the unspeakable connections between land and people, finding the poetry that may animate our Frankenstein lands.
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