Natura Artis Magistra

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Jun 25 2017

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Category: Asia, Japan

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With this title I am not aiming at the Zoo in Amsterdam, but at the meaning of the words: nature is the teacher of art. Nature as source of inspiration for the arts.

I took the photo just outside the wall of Chisaku-in, a temple in Kyoto. It looks like a nice piece of untouched nature. But then doubt arises. The way the small and big rocks lie scattered in sand and grass, trees and bushes among them, it could well all be placed and planted according to a carefully thought-out plan. Yes, it must be: you can feel it, see it. And it has been done with incredible sensitivity.

Nature elevated by human hand to a work of art. Japanese land art of the highest order.

Photo of the week: Chisaku-in, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan 2008

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