Icons and Aliens: Law, Aesthetics, and Environmental Change by John J. Costonis, University of Illinois, 1989. KF 5692 .C67 1989
Icons and Aliens explores the law of aesthetics. We might not normally think of aesthetics as having its own law, but this book is a reminder that we find legal questions in many places, some of them unexpected. The unusual title refers to the different ways that people can think of landmarks. The Golden Gate Bridge was initially much reviled for being an alien presence in the harbor. Now many years later it has become a celebrated icon of the city. Costonis examines the legal implications of landmarks, how people react when they are built and when they are torn down. As aesthetics change, so do our landscapes, and the legal system must respond when these changes cause conflict. For a look at an unusual way law touches us, check this book out!
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