Roman Wabi-Sabi

vl_colosseum_texturesWabisabi (侘寂 ) represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. (from Wikipedia)

Yes, I found Japanese wabi-sabi at the Roman Colosseum. Beautiful textures crumbling down one into the other, on a foundation of beautiful design and structure. No wonder Italian design is such a strong force, Italians grow up looking at this crumbling, gorgeous, masterpiece. I had a wonderful time trying to depict the many layers of time and texture on the stones, and thought of the many layers of time and texture that happened in this spot.

posted by Veronica

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