An important figure in the drive to reclaim devastated landscapes, Herman Prigann is one of Germany's preeminent environmental artists. Based in Spain, his large-scale landscape restoration projects involve the transformation of heavily impacted coal mining pits and industrial areas into artistic parks and public spaces internationally. Prigann looks to the broad economic, social and ecological conditions of each site in order to create lasting and aesthetic interventions.
His website, TERRA NOVA, states:
The failure to use human energy and creativity toward these goals would throw doubt over the long term survival of communities.
Without an aesthetic and visionary starting point for the reshaping of the destroyed areas, there can be no positive identification with the landscape."
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