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Art and the nature of time This paper will show the relationship between the environment and fine arts Both of these subjects are evaluated on a perceptual basis of what the observer sees and appreciates As the basis for this report it will be determined what is considered art and what comprises the environment Defining what is art has been discussed at least since Plato wrote in The Republic about the place of the artist in society The importance of art to mankind has peculiarly modern implications since only in the past few hundred years has any need been felt to justify or explain art as a significant aspect of human experience Arts have changed over time and it is somewhat difficult to quantify exactly what is art Trends in social organization and theory in religion philosophy and ethics alter mens views about the functions and values of art and about the relative importance of past artists and their works There is no final answer to the question what are the arts or to the question what should the arts become Definitions of art range from a subjective experience of I know what I like to more profound ideas of art that make beauty comprehensible and capable of being perceived through the senses Another definition makes art the form that results when ideas are expressed in such a way that they are addressed most directly to the emotions of the observer Neither of these definitions is sufficiently comprehensive A better definition states art as the presentation in comprehensible form of the truth perceived by the artist in his experience of life In a more general sense there are three major visual arts sculpture painting and architecture Of these three arts only architecture can be called practical in the generally accepted sense of the word Architecture is the visual art that will be discussed in comparison with the environment Land art is a form of
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