Philip di Diacomo

Living Art
To those who see art as frivolous and ultimately unnecessary and expendable, we offer as a counterweight the following from Austrian poet, Ernst Fisher:  "Art is a driving force in bringing humankind to greater quality of life, and it is therefore an absolute cultural necessity." For the artist, tremendous responsibility comes with that necessity.  Indeed, those who expose others to art bear a burden in shaping entire cultures as people around them come to accept their artistic output as essential threads in the social fabric.  Think of Brunelleschi in Renaissance Florence, for example, or Gaudi in modern Barcelona. When we as watershape or landscape designers seek to expose others to our works of art, we accept a profound moral responsibility whether we work in the public or the private domain.  At its core, our responsibility is to seek and communicate truth.  As we see it, one and all who fall under the broad umbrella of the watershaping arts should be