This thesis explores the complexity of human involvement with the gigantism of nature. I studied this experience by creating my own natural panoramas, to intensify the human interaction by enabling the viewer to see a vast space in a small, concentrated form. Reversing the scale from massive to miniscule is the center of my thesis; what is it about the all-encompassing scenery of towering mountains, or long green fields that makes them so visually and conceptually powerful? Using plaster and plywood, I explored this reaction by recreating familiar geological features, such as cave dwellings, cliffs, mountains and fields. Soon the miniature landmasses not only replicated nature but also mirrored a life source that had left and moved on. This paper explores the complexity of memory, the connotation of one natural setting or another and the capability it has to enhance the human connection of mind to nature.


Zurko, Walter


Art and Art History


Art and Design


sculpture and photography, miniature landscapes

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis Exemplar



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