Zen Gardens

Come and contemplate some Zen gardens I have made recently. 

Found a link to this lovely site full of zen garden photos. I hope you like them, I love the moss. HereWell, he calls them rock gardens. I have always seen them as the same thing, common denominator being the sand and the rocks of course. link posted on 02.12.2006


No 2. This is one from the 17th  of June, 2006. 

Here we have a number of unusual elements, first the parallel lines which usually form the background are not present. In this case the empty open space is intended to allude to that element. The round lines with the stone in the middle to me still evoke enough mass to allude to an island or that kind of idea. Then the squiggles are also supposed to seem a bit like a coast in this case, maybe even the waves as they hit the coast, which in this case would then be the top left empty corner... again I like the tension of there being no lines there. Perhaps is there were straight parallel lines as a background those on the "mainland" could have been perpendicular... that might have created a similar effect but much more busy than this one. The unusual nature of the lines in the top left are mostly pronounced when the lines touch the top of the frame... just before that I swivvled the rakea bit sideways... this is by no means a classical way to do things, but since I am all for experimenting and pushing boundaries, I have no qualms to do so here, and I quite like the effect. The end result was that the lines grew thinner and then when I pulled the rake forward again right before it hits the top the lines grew thick again. This I thought made it look much more organic and fluid. The downside is of course that a certain amount of discipline and technique or style of the traditional or classical style of Zen gardens is lost. I have to admit here that I am no specialist in zen gardens and that my preconceptions of what is traditional or classical in nature has to do with my limited knowlege of real life encounters with them and is not baseed on any serious studdy of them. It is however based on my empirical knowledge and experience seeing them... so please bear those two things in mind when reading my comments. Also related to this in the below example of a more traditional form on which I base my comments. This can be a very useful example to put my comments into context, especially since I have not bult up a large collection so far. For now, in any case, I hope this garden has been interesting to look over. Below I shall add a couple of details of the garden above Garden No 2.


 The swivel in more detail directly above the centre of the picture. Also interesting to see from a different angle.


Here is a detail I quite liked... the space in between the stones... The shapes of the stones are also complementary and I quite like the difference in colour of the two stones. Tey also reflect the parallel lines next to them and are integrated int o the garden quite nicely this way... At least that's my opinion. 


No 1. A more typical or traditional version, as explained below. 


This is close to a typical Zen garden. The basic idea is that one might see two islands in the sea. Here I made two similar shapes as the island part, and I am playing with the slight difference at each end. creating tension and some interest. I like to concentrate on the parallel lines in this one, I like the effectof the floating islands. One greater objective is that of seeing truth in simple abstractions, it is hoped this allusion to real life might awaken the knowlege of a deeper truth about things we might not have been able to grasp in the over detailed world we live in.