Went for a walk in the heat and humidity today around Martyr’s Park and ran into this amazing man doing ‘water calligraphy’ on the tiles of a covered walkway.
I’ve read about this before on blogs and websites but had yet to see it in China.
“The existence of temporary calligraphy is also to be noted. This is the practice of water-only calligraphy on the floor which dries out within minutes. This practice is especially appreciated by the new generation of retired Chinese in public parks of China.”
There’s a magnificent and deeply spiritual (and in my mind Buddhist) aspect to this art. The temporal nature of the brush strokes disappearing in minutes and the lack of attachment to a permanent space for the art to exist within . . .
I even saw some insensitive clods just walk over the calligraphy and ignore the artist as he painted away–and he never once looked irritated or upset by the rude behavior . . . wow.
This was one of those moments that makes me really happy I decided to live and teach in China.
Update: This picture also has me thinking about how too many elderly in North America just sit on their butts watching TV or think that playing bingo is a good way to spend time . . . there are some aspects of Chinese culture that we can learn a lot from and apply back home.