Nature Created? Or, the Gentle Touch of Artificial Snow

Henriette Steiner


This article discusses, on the one hand, a holiday photograph of a ski hill in southern Sweden and, on the other hand, a fictional story set in a similar southern Swedish landscape, the children’s book entitled Den Fräcka Kråkan from 1985 by Ulf Nilsson and Eva Eriksson. I use this discussion to broach wider questions concerning modes of appreciating what has traditionally been termed “nature” in light of the current condition of what is often called the Anthropocene. I include an example of how this concept has migrated into landscape architecture theory in the work of the German landscape architect Martin Prominski, thereby raising concerns about the historicism this concept entails and discussing the consequences thereof.

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