Just as climate shapes the kind of art being made, climate also of course shapes art itself-because art is both of the world and in it. often to preserve valued works and structures, communities must frequently rebuild them. Today we look at the great mosque of Djenne, Ise shrine in Japan and Venice.
Art has long captured the tremendous beauty of earth and its climate, as well as its variability and our powerlessness to it. The things humans make come from the earth and are also highly susceptible to it. Art can help reveal the world around us, frame it, amplify it and also highlight our precarious relationship to it. Today we take a look at some paints that capture these expression of the earth and look back to see how people from the past have made artwork and objects that speak to it in some way
A soldier patrolling the Great Wall witness an attack from the Hun army. In this example of smoke signals, one of the oldest forms of long-distance communication, he lights one of the beacon towers to warn the rest of China about an enemy invasion.