Saito Y, 2011, "The aesthetics of emptiness: sky art" Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 29(3) 499 – 518
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The aesthetics of emptiness: sky art
Received 22 July 2009; in revised form 19 April 2010; published online 8 March 2011
Abstract. The sky and celestial phenomena surround us everywhere, all the time. However, they have not received due attention in philosophical discourses dealing with the environment, or in our daily experience. I explore some examples of recent art projects that facilitate our aesthetic experience of the sky and celestial events. These art pieces are analyzed in terms of the different ways in which they embody the notion of ‘emptiness’, a Buddhist term for reality that is written with the Chinese character for sky.
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