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Melbourne March 2016 (7 photos)

One of the design features of the National Gallery of Victoria is the large Water Wall at the front entrance.

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A large glass wall, water flows down it continuously. It creates a lovely painterly effect when looking through it, and also creates a very pleasing visual sense of harmony.

Many people I watched had a desire to touch it.

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Next to the Water Wall was a Chandelier sculpture by Ai weiwei, the artist responsible for the Forever Bicycles sculpture in my previous post.

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One of the exhibits, which naturally exudes the Art of Zen.

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CΓ©leste Boursier-Mougenot is a French artist and composer who creates large-scale acoustic installations and environments which draw upon forces of nature and the rhythms of everyday life to produce new forms of art and music.

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His work, Clinamen 2013, features white porcelain bowls floating upon an intensely blue pool. Circulating gently, swept along by submarine currents, the floating bowls act as percussive instruments, creating a resonant, chiming acoustic soundscape, marked by complexity, hidden patterns and chance compositions. Working in a tradition established by American composer John Cage, Boursier-Mougenot’s installation promotes chance and indeterminacy in musical composition, as well as the use of unorthodox musical instruments.

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At the far end was a gentle jet that produced a current which moved the bowls directly toward where I was standing. The bowls would then go either clockwise or anticlockwise and then reunite in the middle at the far end, producing their music.

The resulting “music” was very pleasing to listen to, again creating a wonderful sense of harmony.

Here’s a video I found on youtube:

With this and the previous post, I hope you’ve enjoyed this visit to the National Gallery of Victoria.

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The Art of Zen


92 thoughts on “The Art of Zen

  1. That is a fascinating exhibition by the French artist. Really did sound like music to the ears. I have really enjoyed your NGV posts. In fact, I think I will pay a visit to it some time soon. One can easily spend all day there with so many exhibits πŸ™‚

  2. LaVagabonde says:

    The water window is like an everchanging Impressionist painting. And the bowls…I love the color combination. I can just imagine the subtle music. I would probably hang out there all day.

  3. Stunning images of the gallery! Seeing the Chandelier sculpture through the water flows must be a pleasing peaceful feeling, I can only imagine.The gentle jet moved the bowls, blow me away… Thank you so much for the grand tour, Dragon! πŸ™‚

  4. I too express my gratitude for these posts. I am especially taken by the Water Wall. I am continuously amazed by the artistic work, particularly the environmental pieces,that you show us on a regular basis…it brightens my world considerably!

  5. amazing…especially the pond with the porcelain lillies (my first thought was these are lillies in a pond πŸ™‚ love the video, they produce such a soothing sound… great post, Lignum…

  6. This really looks like a great place to visit! Thank you for taking us! πŸ™‚
    Waterfalls are fascinating for a photographer, I know. πŸ™‚

  7. The first photo of the children as hazy, mystical beings and their shadows in sharp contrast set the zen like feeling for this beautiful post as you show us highlights from the art gallery. I’m so pleased you included the video. As I looked at the photos of those mesmerising bowls I was thinking I would love to hear them. Then, voila, up popped the video.

    • Thank you. Actually, this was the second school group to walk past as I stood on the first floor. The first group just had me mesmerised at the painterly scene I was witnessing, before my wits kicked in and I pulled the camera up to my eye for the second group.

      Regrettably, video is not a natural instinct for me, which is why I had to find a video on youtube from someone else. I believe the pool of bowls is a permanent installation. Glad you enjoyed it.

  8. The water window has quite a wonderful effect, I love the picture with the children outside the window, very striking and colourful and does look like a painting! I would imagine it would be very tempting to touch it. Do they mind people touching it?

    Floating bowl music – that’s amusing, but when seen very calming indeed. I love the blue and the white too. Something about those pictures makes me think of Mr Wonka’s Chocolate factory, I was almost expecting to see an Oompa Loompa! πŸ˜€

    • Most children there at the time touched it. Many adults too. I think it’s expected of people. πŸ™‚ There’s no warning sign to the contrary.

      I loved being in the room with the pool. And I’m very glad an Oompa Loompa didn’t appear or the serenity of the moment might have been broken by me. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  9. Wow Amazing Post The water window has quite a wonderful effect, I love the picture with the children outside the window, very striking and colourful and does look like a painting! I would imagine it would be very tempting to touch it.

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  11. I’m glad you showed the wall in color for this post…very lovely. And, audio of the bowls was an excellent touch. No way you could just “tell” or show something that is all about the sound.
    I looked at your Gallery posts as a group and enjoyed. The bicycles…yowza. I doubt I could have been dragged away from them, even after hours of shooting. Thanks for sharing it all.

    • Thanks for taking the time to look through the group.

      The Bicycles Forever was free to view in the Gallery foyer – obviously too big to fit in any of the rooms. I walked around it numerous times, including finding more views from the 2 upper floors. I even came back another day. Yes, it was a showstopper.

      The Water Wall is like a giant abstract painting. Loved it, too.

      Hope you’re well.

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