Inside there is clarity;
The Self is deep, yet explored.

3. Art and the Psychological Environment

Art has traditionally enhanced the psychological environment by stimulating it with objects of beauty and/or interest.1 Artists have also been employed to collaborate with architects to help design buildings and facilities for businesses. Dallas sculptor, Linea Glatt, helped on a project to design the facilities of a waste management company in Arizona.

Workplaces are often perceived as very sterile and lifeless. Works could be made which bring natural ecosystems indoors. Alan Sonfist's Time Landscapes are environments similar to pre-colonial Manhattan recreated in the present inner city.2 Pieces like these would be very interesting and enjoyable in the workplace. The bonding occurring within in-house corporate art programs could be extended out into the community to corporate-sponsored community created environmental art projects. The only similar type of projects to this I can recall are the many community built/designed playgrounds across the country. The benefits of this type of bonding are innumerable and on many levels, one of the greatest benefits being increasing each participants' feelings of self-worth.

1 Wicker, Allen W.; An Introduction to Ecological Psychology; 1979.
2 Sonfist, Allen; Art in the Land; 1983.

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