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Nurturing neighborhoods: Buster Simpson's eco -art
by Heineman, Anna Marie, Ph.D., The University of Iowa, 2010, 3; 3409497
Abstract (Summary)

Buster Simpson is a Seattle-based artist who creates work that revolves around environmental issues in public settings. His ecological messages reach local communities through works that are often funded by percent-for-art programs, non-profit organizations such as schools and museums, and other public institutions. By using recycled materials or by purifying water, Simpson’s public art draws attention to the local environment, and his works provide examples of ways that people can care for their local surroundings. My thesis sheds light on Simpson’s public and environmental work, detailing the creative manner in which he incorporates history, education, and artistic complexity into his sculptures. Through their aesthetics and their real-world utility, Simpson’s works nurture neighborhoods.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Adcock, Craig
Commitee: Mooney, Barbara B., Roy, Christopher D., Throgmorton, James, Tomasini, Wallace
School: The University of Iowa
Department: Art History
School Location: United States -- Iowa
Source: DAI-A 71/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Art history, Environmental Studies
Keywords: Art, Contemporary, Eco-art, Ecology, Public art, Simpson, Buster
Publication Number: 3409497
ISBN: 978-1-124-07063-6
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