The Earth as a Resource for Art and Creativity


  • Mercy A. Okafor Department of Fine and Applied Arts, Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State,Nigeria


The earth is the greatest resource base for art and creativity. Over the ages, it has provided man with materials used to create and build great monuments, objects, carved images, etc, that have served for utilitarian, religious, socio-economic and aesthetic purposes. From the caredwellings of the early man, the Great Pyramids in Egypt, the Stonehenge, to the skyscrapers in big cities, the earth provided the wood, stone, iron in conjunction with old and new technologies. But man has failed to realize and appreciate the great potentials the earth could and has provided for his sustainable living, art and creativity. The relationship of the earth to the aesthetic and creative mind of man has been relegated to a low level that man has failed to realize that the earth will always generate new ideas and initiatives to solve human problems. Inspite of the challenges of the earth’s degradation by man’s activities, and lack of best practices and resourceful programs to regenerate the earth, the environment still is able to provide resources for art, creativity and sustainable development.

DOI: 10.5901/jesr.2013.v3n5p87


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The Earth as a Resource for Art and Creativity. (2013). Journal of Educational and Social Research, 3(5), 87.