Shi*

Shi*

Posted on 09/28/2008


Photo taken on September 26, 2008


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Divine Form

Divine Form
For the soul, falling into this tumult, and giving herself to be borne along by its immense waves, swims in a scarcely navigable sea, till she is succoured by philosophy, who casts her reasonings under her, as Leucothea her fillet under Ulysses. How then is it possible to emerge and perceive divinity? You will indeed perceive him wholly when you are called to him. But you will be called at no very distant period. Expect the call. Age will come conducting you thither, and Death, which he who is timid deplores, and when it approaches, dreads, but which the lover of divinity joyfully expects, and boldly receives. But if even now you desire to learn his nature, how can any one relate it? For divinity is indeed beautiful, and the most splendid of all beautiful things. Yet he is not a beautiful body, but that whence beauty flows into body; nor a beautiful meadow, but that whence the meadow is beautiful. The beauty of a river and the sea, of heaven and the gods it contains, all this beauty flows from thence, as from a perpetual and incorruptible fountain. So far as every thing participates of this, it is beautiful, stable, and safe; and so far as it falls off from this, it is base, dissipated, and corrupted. If these things are sufficient, you have seen God. If not, after what manner may he be enigmatically described? Do not attribute to him either magnitude, or colour, or figure, or any other property of matter, but act like the lover, who should denudate a beautiful body, which is concealed from the view by many and various garments, that it may be clearly seen. Let this also be now done by you; and by the reasoning energy, take away this surrounding scene, and this busy employment of the eyes, and then behold that which remains; for it is that very thing which you desire.

- Dissertations of Maximus Tyrius
I - What God is according to Plato (excerpt)
(Translated by Thomas Taylor)

My Awake Gottica (m.a.g), Marcel, artistikkkbranleta, iggy and 11 other people have particularly liked this photo


24 comments - The latest ones
ElectronLibre     ......    (°!°)...
ElectronLibre ..…
superbe. Does it mean something special ? (sorry to show I am poor with knowledge)..
8 years ago.
Shi* has replied to ElectronLibre ..…
No, it's just a sculptural form that we (the sculptor, the client and myself) came up with for the fountain ... and hey, we are all learning stuff, all the time - me, I am a total novice at most things!

The garden design, hardscape and planting plans are mine ... the contract was carried out in 2003-4, this photo was taken in 2006 and the Divine Form one was taken last week. It is good to go back and see how the garden matured!

Thanks for visiting!
8 years ago.
My Awake Gottica (m.… has replied to Shi*
Nice job !!!! Do you want some help ?
5 years ago.
Silvana Taramasco
Silvana Taramasco
Un tema es la FORMA y otro tema es el FONDO, esta bella forma de huevo con punta pudo ser la forma de un misíl...por ejemplo. Suele ocurrir que a veces, confundimos estos conceptos y se producen terribles equivocaciones. Me encantan tus fotos Shi.
8 years ago.
Shi* has replied to Silvana Taramasco
¡La forma no necesariamente sigue la función, verdadera! ¡Gracias!

(made by translator!) ;)))
8 years ago.
Sherry ~ Rebujito
Sherry ~ Rebujito
hmmmm must ponder
I'll be back ;-)
8 years ago.
Shi* has replied to Sherry ~ Rebujito
Ponder away, dear pertness! :)))

postnote: I might add that the hims and hers are the author's and in my view are interchangeable or neutral ... 'it' doesn't seem quite right though ... I read it as a Tao-like concept, for what it's worth ...
8 years ago. Edited 8 years ago.
Sherry ~ Rebujito has replied to Shi*
yes I can *see/hear* using the hims and hers interchangeably
I think the last sentence sums it up beautifully for me
as the words there *for me* simply = faith :-)

btw that IS a beautiful garden just incredible

and the sculpture intrigues
another good thing :-)
8 years ago.
Shi* has replied to Sherry ~ Rebujito
BTW ... apropos origins of this double border ...

"I have to generate a feeling to work with - its like poetry, searching for essence - for me its pleasure, this is what I want to give, so I have to find it in myself first. Like the artists that I admire, I find it in natural forms, although I do like to give it a twist - a bit of understated decadence - dark flowers, blacks and maroons against fleshy pinks etc ... oops, my obsession is showing again. Serpentine curves, some razor angles, and maybe a bit of Gothic sensibility. So, it is going very well, thanx to u, my muse."
"...and of course some dark purple butterfly and exotic heavy fruits to burst open on the over-laden vine *smile", quoth Mistress Berlin of the purple winged butterflies .

... unfortunately my midnight black hollyhocks are not in flower in this shot! :)
8 years ago.
Sherry ~ Rebujito has replied to Shi*
like these??? ;-)

midnight black holly hocks
8 years ago.
Shi* has replied to Sherry ~ Rebujito
Yes, very like those ... *yummy*
8 years ago.
Merodema
Merodema
tantalising shape (& well groomed, that garden)
8 years ago.
Shi* has replied to Merodema
Yes, the client is a very keen gardener ... a pleasure to design for!
8 years ago.
Maya Eidolon
Maya Eidolon
lovely garden!
8 years ago.
Shi* has replied to Maya Eidolon
Thanks Amber ... these are my 'Berlin' borders, héhé ... alot of good feelings went into drawing the plans for these!
8 years ago.
Siegfried Vogel
Siegfried Vogel
You're a garden designer / landscape architect, Shi? My wife has the same profession, I find that very interesting.
The divine form - and your photo of it - pleases the eye!
8 years ago.
Shi* has replied to Siegfried Vogel
landscape architect / arboricultural consultant / garden historian ... unusual combination but my butterfly mind won't stay in one discipline!
8 years ago.
Siegfried Vogel has replied to Shi*
A Butterfly Mind you have? Congrats, boredom will never strike you! :)
8 years ago.
Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann
this ovoÏd form is just a treat for the eye a temptation for the hand to stroke it...a sort of perfection in its striving shape. and moired colour.
Now I know why you're so keen on plants and flowers, I'll keep your "butterfly mind " which suits your taoist propension...
that was the first reaction: now, I'm going to read your text about the soul and look at YOUR garden.

Now, then after having read this text about the soul, death and God, and Beauty being seen through him, that Beauty and God (name him as you want) are to be found in Nature , as Pantheism allows it.

I like your idea of gardens . Allowing plants to grow entangled in one another. I've always loved Bristish sense of nature and gardens, just directing the plants, and hated the French rigid symetry and violating strength against natural. I should say my garden has got a free mind , and there are in June black , and beautifully velvetty iris.This garden looks huge with its proper lanes, and in proportion with the figure in the back

I feel quite in admiration towards the philosopher, poet and garderner you are, that" butterfly-minded person "you sound to be...
8 years ago.
Shi* has replied to Christel Ehretsmann
... and it is a pleasure for me to meet a like-minded person with whom to exchange dreams, feelings, philosophy, poetry ... and above all, an enduring sense of empathic wonder at the world around one! I am taking some time away from Friday for a week or so to wander in the mountains and walk on the sands. I will read, work on my north-western garden and perhaps do a little sketching. I am ready for the break! I will have to think about an image to leave my friends with for the week ...
8 years ago.
Marcel
Marcel
This is really beautiful. I like the colour, shape and the - how to say - "used look".
8 years ago.
Shi*
Shi*
What we pros call 'patination' ;)))

Thanks, Marcel ... I will tell the sculptor, who is a friend ...
8 years ago.