Wednesday, 10 June 2009

This Weekend - Zen Rocks

If you’re feeling a little stressed out – maxed out your credit cards at the GSS, perhaps, or missed out on the recent stock market rally? – head to the museum for a touch of zen and restore your inner balance. For a serving of calm and serenity, check out The Way the Sand Flows: Japanese Rock Gardens at the National Museum of Singapore on 13 June (Saturday).

This event, held in conjunction with World Environment Day (5 June), is part of the museum’s Life & Living Series, which aims to present refreshing new ways of discovering different aspects of life and history in a relaxed, informal manner.

Karesansui, or the Japanese rock garden, is a well-known, traditional form of Japanese landscaping and closely linked with broader Buddhist and Shinto beliefs. Symbolism is a key element and underscores every aspect of creating a garden. Explore how these gardens reproduce natural landscapes using stones, gravel, sand and moss and how it ties in with broader Japanese design philosophies. 

Not only that. You also get to create your own mini-garden during this workshop, which will be helmed by artist-designer Grace Tan, who has spent many years researching Japanese design philosophies, including its use in these Japanese rock gardens and ikebana. Grace has exhibited widely, including at the Venice Architectural Biennale, London Design Week and Tokyo Design Tide.

The Way The Sand Flows: Japanese Rock Gardens
At The Salon, National Museum of Singapore
93 Stamford Road
13 June (3pm-5pm)
Tickets at S$25 per person.
Tel: (65) 6332 5642/6332 3659

- Lisa


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