There is an interesting book related exhibition at Gallery Central at North Metro Tafe at 12 Aberdeen Street in Northbridge. It’s titled “Between the Sheets: Artists’ Books 2017”and has books used to create art forms as well as unique books produced by textile artists, photographers and print makers.
Below is “Under the Eaves” by Pam Langdon, who uses discarded books to create paper sculptures.
From Shatin MTR station in the New Territories section of Hong Kong, it’s a short walk to the entrance to the Ten Thousand Buddha Temple. However, the temple is not marked on the map of the local area at the station. Follow signs to the Government Offices and look for a path going through a pocket of forest beside the office building.
It’s a steep walk of over 400 steps up the hillside to the temple. The path way is lined with statues of Buddhist saints, known as arhats, each with a different pose, and some holding books.
The Wisdom Path at Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island is at the end of a short walking track that connects the monastery to the main Lantau Island hiking trail. The Wisdom Path is an arrangement of 38 tall wooden columns inscribed with calligraphy by a famous contemporary calligrapher. The text is from the Heart Sutra.
At Hau Wong temple in Hong Kong’s Kowloon there is another one-stroke calligraphy inscribed on a wall. This one is the Chinese character for “goose” and is a reference to the famous calligrapher, Yishao (Wang Xizhi), whose is thought to have discovered how to move his wrist while writing by observing how geese moved their necks.
In roughly the same part of Hong Kong as the Wong Tai Sin Temple (see previous blog) is the Hau Wong Temple which was built during the Qing dynasty. Recently restored, this temple is noted for its historical relics including a stone inscription with the Chinese character for “crane”, which dates from 1888. This style of one-stroke calligraphy is thought to be able to ward off evil, and the rope-like appearance signifies the ability to tie up evil spirits.