Viewing the extraordinary artistry of sanctioned graffiti on a recent trip to Valparaiso in Chile, I was struck again by one version of the concept of geomancy. I’m thinking of the idea that land formations and scapes hold different powers and forces, with different effects not only on those areas of the earth’s surface but also on the people and other natural life existing there.
Can it be so? Is the formation of hotspots of creativity in time and space random? What forces bring together artists of the Impressionist period in Paris or the Abstract Expressionists of NYC?