Project by Peter Smith
We are taking a journey into how philosophies of repair, tending and rebuilding can be a mindful practice that helps both individuals and a community heal.
As covid-19 has broken us, we repair in a new, beautiful way. We don’t try to hide these breaks and damage, but we repair our town and community – creating something unique and powerfully beautiful.
The starting ground lies in Japanese philosophies of Wabi Sabi & Kintsui and worked out through the practice of Rock Gardens. Wabi-sabi is succinctly described as ‘the beauty in imperfections’.
Kintsugi is the repairing of broken things, making them something beautiful in a new way. This is best seen in pottery, where broken shards are reconnected with gold seams making beautiful pieces.
I see this project as a social Kintsugi, worked out through the mindful practice of rock gardens, sometimes called zen gardens.
I am seeking participants to become ‘gardeners’ who will regularly tend a set of sand and rock gardens throughout Dumfries. This will be a meditative practice, a healing through maintaining, tending, designing and redesigning over a period of a few months.
Rocks or different shaped objects are placed on the field of sand, rakes are used to mark patterns and shapes into the sand, left for the day and a new design created the next day.
For information about Peter, visit our Participants page.