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A simple and provocative book offering a revisionist photo-essay on the ever-popular Japanese "dry landscape" or "rock" gardens. Not Zen, possibly art, more like "meta-gardens," gravel and sand compositions reject nature, yet are made of omnipresent natural dust. Quick to crumble, they are defiantly maintained by priest/rakers. Credited with philosophical profundity, their origins are murky, their meanings uncertain but immediate. Koren deliberately ignores "celebrity" rocks, moss, and foliage to demystify and explore a most peculiar human enterprise. Beautifully illustrated with duotone photographs of gravel and sand gardens in Kyoto.

About the Author

Leonard Koren, who was trained as an artist and architect, writes books about design and aesthetics. Among his most popular books are WABI SABI: For Artists, Design, Poets and Philosophers and Arranging Things: A Rhetoric of Object Placement.

"Featuring over 30 photos of graval and sand gardens taken in Kyoto, Japan, this thin paperback underscores the importance of 'experienceing the garden as garden.'" — The Tri-County News

Synopsis:

A philosophical inquiry into Japanese "dry landscape" gardens and what they might (and might not) mean.

Synopsis:

A simple and provocative book offering a revisionist photo-essay on the ever-popular Japanese "dry landscape" or "rock" gardens. Not Zen, possibly art, more like "meta-gardens," gravel and sand compositions reject nature, yet are made of omnipresent natural dust. Quick to crumble, they are defiantly maintained by priest/rakers. Credited with philosophical profundity, their origins are murky, their meanings uncertain but immediate. Koren deliberately ignores "celebrity" rocks, moss, and foliage to demystify and explore a most peculiar human enterprise. Beautifully illustrated with duotone photographs of gravel and sand gardens in Kyoto.

About the Author

Leonard Koren, who was trained as an artist and architect, writes books about design and aesthetics. Among his most popular books are WABI SABI: For Artists, Design, Poets and Philosophers and Arranging Things: A Rhetoric of Object Placement.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781880656433
Author:
Koren, Leonard
Publisher:
Stone Bridge Press
Location:
Berkeley, Calif. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Landscape gardening
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Japanese Gardens
Subject:
Stone in landscape gardening
Subject:
Sand
Subject:
Gravel.
Subject:
Rock gardens, Japanese.
Subject:
Japanese Gardens - General
Subject:
General Art
Subject:
Gardening-Asian Gardens
Subject:
Landscape
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
106-364
Publication Date:
20000431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
37 BandW photographs
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6 in

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A philosophical inquiry into Japanese "dry landscape" gardens and what they might (and might not) mean.
"Synopsis" by , A simple and provocative book offering a revisionist photo-essay on the ever-popular Japanese "dry landscape" or "rock" gardens. Not Zen, possibly art, more like "meta-gardens," gravel and sand compositions reject nature, yet are made of omnipresent natural dust. Quick to crumble, they are defiantly maintained by priest/rakers. Credited with philosophical profundity, their origins are murky, their meanings uncertain but immediate. Koren deliberately ignores "celebrity" rocks, moss, and foliage to demystify and explore a most peculiar human enterprise. Beautifully illustrated with duotone photographs of gravel and sand gardens in Kyoto.
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