Thursday, July 26, 2012

Rock Garden Tutorial


The classic garden at the Ryoanji Temple places an expectation upon the viewer. Patterns of raked gravel surrounding monumental stones present a language of seascape and islands. The ambition of this traditional rock garden is not representational. The design intent is an evocation of place.

The deep shade of a white pine grove – with its perfect vertical trunks and dappled sunlight – is a stage for this drama of buoyancy. Mass is redefined and belief is suspended as insubstantial sapling boats levitate boulders. The event provokes a visceral response. One’s body calculates the weight and is confounded. The design intent is a provocation of perception.

Most boats rely on the surface defined by two medium. They are masters interface. The boats in ROCK GARDEN TUTORIAL defy media and transform the sensation of solid. They create new symbols and suggest a language that we understand without knowing. These boats, loaded with boulders, transport dreams. Weighty imaginings buoyed preposterously.

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