UBC Graduate Research

Borrowing Views : Art, Ideas, and Landscape in Stanley Park Pickard, Rose-Marie


This thesis explores the relationship between landscape painting and landscape architecture, both historic and contemporary. It examines the historic influence of European picturesque painting on the English landscape garden style, as well as Canadian Group of Seven paintings and their relation to wilderness parks, and uses these frameworks to analyze Vancouver’s Stanley Park. It examines the social and ecological problems arising from these colonial landscapes and the narratives embedded within them, and proposes turning to contemporary landscape painting as a starting point for rethinking these landscapes. Contemporary landscape artists are engaging with ideas about our relationships to the environment and to each other, and many useful parallels can be drawn between current issues in landscape art and landscape architecture. Their work can inspire diverse designs that move beyond the deep-rooted tropes of ‘wild’ and ‘pastoral.’

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