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The scenic ideals that surround even our national parks are carriers of a nostalgia for heavenly bliss and eternal calmness.
Parks are idealizations of nature, but nature in fact is not a condition of the ideal.
The museums and parks are graveyards above the ground- congealed memories of the past that act as a pretext for reality.
Objects in a park suggest static repose rather than any ongoing dialectic. Parks are finished landscapes for finished art.
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