In art, the theory of formalism posits that a work’s artistic value is inherent only in its form, as opposed to its historical context or what it represents. As strident proponent of the formalism theory, twentieth century art critic Clive Bell, remarked on the subject, “the forms of art are inexhaustible; but all lead by the same road of aesthetic emotion to the same world of aesthetic ecstasy.”
But what of the college campus? Can it be considered a work of art? Certainly, a college campus has form; but does that form elicit aesthetic emotion?