Building, making, and creating are wonderful. But there is also great beauty in things that are old, damaged, or worn. Wabi sabi is the Japanese phrase for honoring the worn, the old, the damaged. I’ve had a long-lived love affair with wabi sabi.
A few days ago, Phoenix had a hard freeze and stucco’d walls will often pop off the stucco. This wall is on the way there. I found the shadow work on it really beautiful.
You can see the lifted stucco as well as the line where the bricks are joined. It forms a map of its experiences, just as the lines on your face tell your story, too.
–Quinn McDonald is writing a book on the Invisible, Visible World–seeing things in new ways with fresh eyes.
2 thoughts on “The Beauty of Destruction”
I love the sentiment that lines on our faces map our experiences. I also love how you explore those lines brought into relief by weathering harsh conditions, how beautiful and inspiring they are. Lovely perspective.
Thanks. I have a deep interest in strength gained through weathering hardship–whether that’s a plant, a wall, or a person.