Sculpture – The Philosopher’s Rock
In China, since the Han Dynasty (206bc–220ad), GONGSHI have been part of the intellectual and spiritual life. «Gong» means spirit, and «Shi» stone.
Since elevation of the mind is not limited to China but universal, it is a pleasant idea to relate the concept to Africa.
As Animism is strongly connected to nature, more specifically to its strangest aspects, and regarding the non-scriptural cultures which prevailed in Africa, this sculpture is a tribute to spiritual elevation, using the peculiar forms created by nature.
Whereas those stones are named «philosopher’s rock/ scholar’s rock/ spirit stone», they are regarded as the embodiment of the transformational powers of nature.
The rocks transcend the abstract and their contemplation connects both to the know world, resembling known forms of people, animals, trees, et c. and the beyond worlds, domain of myth and mythological creatures, spirits, ancestors…
As a non-representational sculpture, this piece stands as a microcosmic world in worlds, most likely as an invitation to mind drifting.
In that sense, it matches, complement, and pair the « ALPHA WAVES » piece, as both relate to the very same approach.
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Sculpture “The Philosopher’s Rock” by Addé 2017
Nature being the best artist, a very ancient tradition in Chinese culture, was to keep a remarquable stone to focus on, for philosophical and meditative purpose.
Here is a sculptural form, sled from China to Africa as a tribute to African scholars.
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