Fragile Environments

Diana Wege's avatar Diana Wege

For your consideration, I submit two large panoramic landscapes, painted in the likeness of Hudson River School artist Frederic E. Church’s 1886 original, Niagara Falls from the American Side. The painting installed within the sheltered walls of your building, highlights the casual disrespect prescribed to our national lands expressed here by vandalism on three of the cliffs. The painting challenges our societal attitudes towards the man-made versus the God-made and their caretakers that we elect and allow to protect them. In spirit we, the American people, revere our national parks and landmarks; “America The Beautiful” we sing and boast. In practice we are not always so benign. By defacing the cliffs with laws opposed to their protection, I ask the viewer to confront this offense. The graffiti, ironically, transforms the copy into an original. The image also pits two different schools of American art, Hudson River School Transcendentalism and Graffiti, against one another.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: oil on 2 canvases
  • Width: 91 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 104 inches