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(the) smallness of man

To reinforce the fact that NATURE is much greater than man, and that man is not in control, this conceptual land art proposal for Mountain Restoration Trust in Calabasas, California, puts man, as NATURE’S servant, below NATURE and controls what he is allowed to touch and observe.

The design experientially highlights differences between the two distinct land forms of the preserve - a low, flat area with a creek running through it, and a steep zone of hills.

In the flat area, man is sunk slightly below the ground plane, bringing the (eye’s) focus closer to the varied activities on the forest floor. Within the sculptural hill zone, a more radical molded approach sinks man completely underground, limiting contact with NATURE above.

The proposal is also practical, aiming to hide some of the “non-natural” forms which currently suffocate the small preserve with their overwhelming presence: parking, buildings, trails, people.

Throughout, naturally rusty steel signage takes the form and place best suited to draw attention to particular details in nature that would otherwise be lost to generic signs.

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LOCATION
Calabasas, CA
Mountain Restoration Trust Nature Preserve

COMMISSIONING AGENCY
Mountain Restoration Trust had put a call out for general site improvements, such as parking... this proposal offers a more philosophical exploration.

WORK/CREDITS
Ioana Urma

DATE
2010