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February 16, 2006

Disappearing Kanji

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Water calligraphy by an anonymous man in Beijing. His kanji would begin to fade in just 30 seconds (and I wish I knew what he was writing)!

Very small movie

Reader Comment: Tian says,

Writing with brush and water is a common practice for people to practice their calligraphy. I used to do it when I was in primary school since it was much cheaper than actual ink and your parents wouldn't yell at you when you were making a mess... The single character is 暑 which means "hot weather" aka. summer.

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(via: Andrew Yoon)

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Yes wonderful!
Reminds me of a story a friend relayed while trekking in Nepal. He came across someone with what looked like a fishing pole with float into a flowing stream. He watched for a while and noticed that there was no hook. After sitting for a time with this individual he learned that the float was a ceramic block with a prayer carved in to its water bound surface. The person was "printing ' prayers onto the surface of the stream.

Also an west coast USA artist (sorry the name is not immediately available [i'll look it up]) of the 70s took a lawn roller and drilled holes to note a phrase. He then filled the hollow roller with sand and took it for a walk.

Posted by: BG | Feb 16, 2006 7:40:16 PM

There's something very profound (and sad) about making something that you know is not going to last...

Posted by: Alli | Feb 18, 2006 6:34:34 AM

"He then filled the hollow roller with sand and took it for a walk."

Lawnroller Man?

"There's something very profound (and sad) about making something that you know is not going to last..."

Like much of life. But even when it sucks, I don't find it sad, myself. Not in the long run.

Posted by: Scott Elyard | Feb 21, 2006 10:38:52 PM

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