Conclusion: Representational Thinking and Species Preservation

Representational thinking can be a more effective way to protect rare and endangered species.

Preservationist concern for the Giant Sequoias developed almost immediately after they were discovered in California.

Artistic representations of these plants made it possible for people to learn about them and express preservationist concern.

Representational thinking has broader application than symbolic thinking because only a limited number of plants and animals are likely to become politically or religiously important symbols.



Albert Bierstadt, The Great Trees, Mariposa Grove, c. 1875, Hirschl and Adler Galleries