THE ART OF WABI-SABI
Around 700 years ago, Buddhist teachings
refer to the aesthetic of wabi-sabi,
an appreciation and understanding of the
imperfection of "flawed beauty" and
assertion of impermanence.
Not to be confused with wasabi (the spicy radish-like
delicacy accompanying sushi), wabi-sabi is an intuitive
way of finding beauty in imperfection, and
accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay.
Materials that age and weather -- like this abandoned
concrete wall -- become more interesting and beautiful
as they exhibit an unintended change or design
created by natural processes. The Japanese would say
wabi-sabi has transformed the wall into something beautiful,
including its patina, its wear and distress,
with all its damage and abuse.
The elements and neglect have helped create something
quite authentic by acknowledging 3 simple realities --
nothing lasts, nothing is finished, nothing is perfect.
Behold the flawed beauty of wabi-sabi.