This, too, shall pass

One day Solomon decided to humble Benaiah ben Yehoyada, his most trusted minister. He said to him, “Benaiah, there is a certain ring that I want you to bring to me. I wish to wear it for the Sukkot festival, which gives you six months to find it.”

“If it exists anywhere on earth, your majesty,” replied Benaiah, “I will find it and bring it to you, but what makes the ring so special?”

“It has special powers,” answered the king. “If a happy man looks at it, he becomes sad, and if a sad man looks at it, he becomes happy.” Solomon knew that no such ring existed in the world, but he wished to give his minister some added humility.

Spring passed and then summer, and still Benaiah had no idea where he could find the ring. On the day before Sukkot, he decided to take a walk in one of the poorest quarters of Jerusalem. He passed by a merchant who had begun to set out the day’s wares on a shabby carpet. “Have you by any chance heard of a special ring that makes the happy wearer forget his joy and the broken-hearted wearer forget his sorrows?” asked Benaiah.
He watched the elderly man take a plain gold ring from his carpet and engrave something on it. When Benaiah read the words on the ring, his face broke out in a wide smile.
That night the entire city welcomed in the holiday of Sukkot with great festivity. “Well, my friend,” said King Solomon, “have you found what I sent you after?” All the ministers laughed and Solomon himself smiled.
To everyone’s surprise, Benaiah held up a small gold ring and declared, “Here it is, your majesty!” As soon as Solomon read the inscription, the smile vanished from his face. The jeweler had written three Hebrew letters on the gold band: Gimel, Zayin, Yud, which begin the words “Gam zeh ya’avor – This too shall pass.”
At that moment Solomon realized that all his wisdom and fabulous wealth and tremendous power were but fleeting things, for one day he would be nothing but dust.
(Via: http://ohr.edu/ask_db/ask_main.php/335/Q1/ )

Private Moon

Russian artist Leonid Tishkov can’t seem to go anywhere without a human-sized crescent moon by his side.

the artist can usually be found with his lunar travel mate in tow, lounging on rooftops or dangling off the edge of a boat in scenes that take us back to our favorite childhood books.

Tishkov’s most recent obsession — a love affair with an illuminated, man-made moon — tugs at the heartstrings of any romantic soul. He’s documented the entire experience in a photography project called “Private Moon,” inviting viewers to glimpse intimate moments of his strange adventures.

Carrying around the words of Li Bai along with his moon on his journey, he begins to wander:

Human can never pluck the moon,

But she always goes with our step.

Shines as a mirror over red palace,

And thru the green mist she glitters.

Some pictures from “Private Moon”:

Private Moon in Nanjing

Private Moon in Nanjing

Private Moon in Umbria

Private Moon in Umbria

Private Moon in Paris

Private Moon in Paris

Leonid Tishkov blog

Huffington Post

Artist Transforms Bonsai Trees to Cities and Castles

Japanese artist Takanori Aiba has taken bonsai trees, food packaging, and even a tiny statue of the Michelin Man and constructed miniature metropolises around these objects, thus creating real-life Bottled Cities of Kandor. Explains Aiba of his artwork:

My source of creations are my early experience of bonsai making and maze illustration. These works make use of an aerial perspective, which like the diagram for a maze shows the whole from above (the macro view) while including minute details (the micro view). If you explore any small part of my works, you find amazing stories and some unique characters.

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via: io9.com/5885182/artist-transforms-bonsai-trees-and-empty-cans-into-insane-lilliputian-cities

Portraits Cut from Layers of Wire Mesh

Korean sculptor Seung Mo Park creates giant ephemeral portraits by cutting layer after layer of wire mesh. Each work begins with a photograph which is superimposed over layers of wire with a projector, then using a subtractive technique Park slowly snips away areas of mesh. Each piece is several inches thick as each plane that forms the final image is spaced a few finger widths apart, giving the portraits a certain depth and dimensionality that’s hard to convey in a photograph, but this video on YouTube shows it pretty well. Park just exhibited this month at Blank Space Gallery in New York as part of his latest series Maya (meaning “illusion” in Sanskrit).

via: Christopher Jobson,

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2012/04/ephemeral-portraits-cut-from-layers-of-wire-mesh-by-seung-mo-park

Time Lapse

We find in the movement of time the fear of losing who we are, the fear of losing our dreams, and most importantly the fear of withering feelings. But it’s okay, because those who have been enslaved by fear for a long time learn that fear itself teaches them not to be so afraid.

When we are in awe on top of a mountain or before the ocean, those are your thoughts; you remember how infinitesimal you are and all the chances you lost thinking there would be more. There is a supernatural level of consciousness that you reach when you are entranced by rain or by quiet starry nights. But it is only then do you realize that you adopted the pace of nature; the flowers bloom after the rainstorms, the stillness of waters and the moon’s flaming circle in dark nights.
We know, that our heart dances to the rhythm of Earth.

© 2014 ALIA SULTAN