To Love Art is to Love Nature
When I find myself in museums admiring the art from the great masters, I am overwhelmed with that impression of timelessness and when I find myself in the natural world, I have that same sense of timelessness of beauty and harmony.
I am a dreamer and I dream of cities where city dwellers mingle in harmony with the natural world. I see skyscrapers intertwined with vines and rooftop gardens. There is a strong parallel between the natural world and that of our humanity.
With the rise of technology, we have disconnected ourselves from the natural world yet connecting to nature, the people, and the places we inhabit cultivate a socially sustainable environment. The natural world shapes our human sense of beauty & harmony and to live in harmony with the natural world is what gives sense to our humanity.
Various studies demonstrate that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature. Edward Osborne Wilson, American biologist, naturalist and writer, introduced the biophilia hypothesis whereby connections that human beings seek are deeply rooted in our biology. Eric Fromm refers to a psychological orientation of being attracted to all that is alive and vital, while Aristotle’s concept is summarized as the “love of life”. The biophilia hypothesis is at the heart of the concept of biophilic design to increase our connectivity to the natural environment.