The Art of Impermanence

goldsworthy-ice_ball_2-Andrew Goldsworthy Andrew Goldsworthy,

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Walter Mason,

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Simon Beck.

Instead of using paint, clay or metal, these artists use sticks, stones, water and anything else they can find in nature to create awe inspiring art.  They may spend days or even months creating a piece only to have it wiped out in moments. Their work demonstrates the Buddhist precept of impermanence.  The idea that all that exists is in a constant state of flux. Our acceptance of this precept eases the suffering caused by resisting change.

“Zazen on Ching-t’ing Mountain”:

The birds have vanished down the sky
Now the last cloud drains away.
We sit together, the mountain and me,
until only the mountain remains.

Li Bai

-kat

source:  Image 1, image 2, image 3

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