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Why is David Jakupca the "Spiritual Father of the Environmental Arts" Movement?

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    American Cultural Ambassador David Jakupca is officially credited and accepted with being the Spiritual Father of the Environmental Art Movement by many organizations including the United Nations, Earth Island Institute, Time Magazine, State of Ohio and many others.

    This is due primarily to his pioneer work on The 'Theory of Iceality' on Environmental Arts: which "is the Aesthetics of the understanding and relationship between Humans and their Environment through the Arts ultimately promoting a sustainable global Culture of Peace for all living things."

    David and Renate Jakupca are also responsible for enlightening the art community to the new genre of Environmental Art when they founded the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) in 1987 at the historic ARK in Berea , Ohio. ICEA was organized into three divisions: Environmental, Humanities, Arts and Culture. As the first professional art organization to be solely dedicated to this endeavor, this has made ICEA to be the leading force in the Environmental arts and a force for socially responsible activity.

    According to Jakupca, beginning with ICEA, the Environmental Arts Genre has grown exponentially and has over the past decades spawned a wide variety of very similar phrases and art terms such as; eco art, land art, ecoventions, natural art, green art, outdoor art, earth art, recycled art, sustainable art, ecodedsign, etc. These can be all be considered sub-categories under the umbrella of the main Environmental Art Genre.

    Jakupca asserts that, "Respect for human and environmental rights and greater understanding between people from different racial and religious backgrounds must be the first step of society in today's fast-changing, globalized world." Maxim effort of his Iceality Theory was put into the design of the Great American Peace trail (GAPT) and the Worlds Children Peace Monument (WCPM), which received many awards including the Italian Medal of Arts in Verbania Italy.

    The goal is accomplished according to Jakupca, "Is by focusing on the creative process and affirming that Environmental Art is a catalyst for social change by empowering participants, transforming environments and contributing to collective healing and economic development."

    Jakupca's Theory on Environmental Arts (ICEALITY*) was enthusiastically embraced by the United Nations by 1990 and was featured in many of their World Conferences;

    1- 1992 Earth Summit on the Environment, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    2- 1993 World Conference on Human Rights, Vienna, Austria

    3- 1994 World Conference on Population and Development, Cairo, Egypt

    4- 1995 World Conference on Women, Beijing, China

    5- 1996 Habitat II- UN Conference on Human Settlements, Istanbul, Turkey

    6- 2000 World's Fair, Expo2000, Hannover, Germany

    7- 2001 World Conference on Racism, Durban, South Africa

    8- 2002 World Summit on Sustainability, Johannesburg, South Africa

    9- 2003 World Conference on Peace, Verbania, Italy

    10- 2005 World Conference on Peace, Verbania, Italy

    11- 2007 World Peace Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico

    The result of this major global public promotion at the United Nations level, is that the Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts is now considered as the cornerstone of the modern sustainable global Environmental Art Movement and this concept is now replicated by urban designers, architects, artists and environmental organizations throughout the World. However, it must be noted that not all of Jakupca's contemporaries did accepted the new theory at once.

    At the ARK in Berea, David Jakupca stated that the special 'Theory of Iceality' belongs to a class of "principle-theories". As such it employs an analytic method. This means that the three elements which comprise this theory, Humanitarian, Environmental, Arts and Culture, are not based on hypothesis but on empirical discovery. The empirical discovery leads to understanding the general characteristics of natural processes. Practical models can then be developed which separate the natural processes into theoretical-mathematical descriptions. Therefore, by analytical means the necessary conditions that have to be satisfied are deduced. Separate events must satisfy these conditions. Experience should then match the conclusions.

    The special 'Theory of Iceality' and the general natural processes are connected. As stated above, the special 'Theory of Iceality' applies to all inertial physical phenomena and its relation to all other forces of nature.

    *'ICEALITY" is the measure of the connection between the environment plus civic engagement through arts and culture which results in a sustainable positive and peaceful quality of life for all living things.

    Source(s): References: Definition of Iceality ARK in Berea Ambassador David Jakupca David Jakupca Linkedin Page David Jakupca Facebook American Cultural Ambassadors Myspace Page Universal Peace Ambassadors Life Time Achievement Freedom Award Green Museum Page International Center for Environmental Arts
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