In today’s society, much of the resistance for finding ecological solutions comes from those who

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In today’s society, much of the resistance for finding ecological solutions comes from those who would be required to drastically change their policies and business models. “In general, an environmental problem proves politically less difficult to resolve if a marketable solution exists,” says Janicke. “In contrast,” he says, “if a solution to an environmental problem requires an intervention in the established patterns of production, consumption, or transport, it is likely to meet resistance.” Furthermore, Ecological Modernization states that ecological innovations must meet the following three qualifications to succeed: First, the solution they propose needs to be to a problem that affects the global level. Second, it needs to…show more content…
At times, the jetty is partially or completely submerged, which makes its constantly changing nature even more apparent. Land Artist Michael Heizer’s work plays with the entropic as well. His project, Double Negative [see Figure 2.5] consists of an enormous tract carved into the earth. With no framework or scaffolding to hold its shape, the piece is left open to the effects of erosion. In both Spiral Jetty and Double Negative, the entropic nature of the pieces allow the work to be designed as a part of the existing landscape yet separated from it. As Rosalind Krauss, art critic and theorist, says, Spiral Jetty and Double Negative are the “combination of landscape and non-landscape.” It is instead a “physical manipulation” of the landscape, a “marked site.” Smithson also advocated the use of post-industrial sites for his work. For example, Spiral Jetty was constructed from a ruined site; in fact, the abandoned oil rigs situated nearby were a large part of what drew his attention to it. Furthermore, what was natural about the site appeared artificial: the water in the Utah lake was colored an unnatural red by the algae living in it and the earth was cracked and crusted with salt. (Image by Chris Fullmer) FIGURE 2.6. SPIRAL JETTY (Image by George Steinmetz) We can see through Smithson’s affinity for art as a means of

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