Brief Definition of the Topic
The concepts of landscape and iconoclasm compose the term “landscape iconoclasm.” “Landscape” varies from discipline to discipline, but it is widely regarded as the construction of cultural and natural aspects through time at different space scales and how people perceive them. Iconoclasm is, literally, the destruction or breaking of religious pictures for political and religious purposes, where pictures are icons that represent “the appearance of the immaterial image in a material medium” (Mitchell 2005: 85). Metaphorically speaking, iconoclasm refers to the destruction of ideas, beliefs, and traditions. For example, the removal of a monument that represents Francisco Franco and symbolizes fascism at the same time is a case of a literal and metaphorical iconoclasm. Contrary to vandalism, iconoclasm is a deliberate destruction, rather than a meaningless act.
Iconoclasm is associated with iconic pictures, not landscapes. However, certain communities...
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