Landscapes of revelation : an inquiry into surrealism in the landscape
Lipscomb, Micah Shane
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This thesis explores landscapes in which visitors can become emotionally and perceptually disoriented and imagine they are in a dream-like space. The surreal landscapes discussed range from an Italian Renaissance garden, to contemporary landscapes designed by professionals, to environments created by visionary artists. These diverse landscapes share elements of the art and literary movement of surrealism, especially their goal of eliciting revelations. The purpose of this thesis is three-fold: first, to analyze the techniques and forms that help create a surreal landscape; second, to elucidate the relationship between surrealism and landscape architecture; and third, to demonstrate the relevance of some of the ideas of surrealism to contemporary landscape architecture.