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The Rhythm of Nature; the Beat of Civilization
1、The Song of Four Seasons
Spring awakens the sprites slumbering in the morning dew like a colorful butterfly flitting about the greenery and causing the petals and leaves to stir in the breeze.
Summer thunder roars like a lion bellowing out its passion. A golden sheen hovers across the horizon. Animated songs chant out the limitless possibilities of life.
The autumn wind breathes a refreshing coolness, turning pages of poetry like rustling leaves in the crystal clear fall air.
Winter chapel pipe organs play psalms praising the wonders of life. Amidst the murmured prayers, we hear the cooing of an infant, witnessing the startof another cycle of life.
The colored glass circles along the corridor flash 72 beats per minute, leading visitors through the cycle of the four seasons at a natural pace.
2.The Dance of Life
The four seasons silently take our hands, and our hearts' desires flow out like dancing musical notes in a mambo.
In resonance with the Song of Four Seasons corridor, multi-colored circles of varying size, like some kind of organism,flood into the main hall, ready to dance a waltz.
The stained-glass, overlapping circles, hung at different heights from the ceiling, create numerous multi-colored coronas. The unique way they are hung allows for a certain amount of fluctuating movement.
Controlled by IC computers, all the circles can form an undulating wave of lights resembling the bioelectric lights of deep sea creatures. They work in union to form a tight rhythm, dancing hand in hand to the marvels of life.
The Beat of Civilization
1.The Space between Thoughts
Composed of triangular stainless steel beams, nine feet on a side, two open cubes face each other at a distance. They are linked by 12 natural stones sculpted to different degrees to create a void, symbolizing the space between two thoughts and its limitless possibilities. Visitors can move within this space and reflect on the relationship between civilization and nature.
Human thought is directed towards breakthroughs and higher planes, and it is not unidirectional. One branching thought leads to another, always with several directions to go in. The rising and dying of thoughts represents the infinite expansion of time and space.
The inner surfaces of the beams and the surface of the ground touched by the stones are made of reinforced glass with coating & shadowing in the inner lining. Rows of LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are installed inside the beams, displaying abstract patterns on the beams and the ground, at times showing symbols from the development of civilization. The display varies in speed, and at times breathes like a living organism. The stones reflect technology's origin in and eventual return to nature.
2.Oneness of Materials and Beings
Nine is a mystical number in the East. The nine interlocking rings mounted on the nine columns have endless permutations, and in Chinese divination, the basic number system is one to nine, so after nine, everything returns to one, the origin, completing the cycle. The foundation of the triangular steel columns is made of veined stone, just as nature is the basis of all human technology.
The columns, with mirrored surfaces, reflect each other, symbolizing the interactions among people, and the interaction between nature and humans.A high tech visual component is built into the artwork here through a computer system linked with the Central Weather Bureau. Changes in the natural world are transformed into graphic representations, and viewers can interact with the graphics through the touch-sensitive interface. This virtual interaction stimulates powerful waves of emotion, and the resulting images will simultaneously appear on LCD screens within the building, so that visitors there can experience the totality of the artwork.
3.The State of Union between Heaven and Humans
Its soul nourished by the refreshing spring of life, civilization moves on at a merry, rhythmic pace.
Two giant hands, one pointing to the earth and one to the sky, are joined at the index fingers, representing the connection between humanity and the heavens. The colorful circles represent limitless expansion. Between heaven and earth, there may be billions of miles and immeasurable time—or with unfettered thought we may roam space and imagination in a snap of the fingers.
Nine overlapping rings of multi-colored stained glass and stainless steel globes divide civilization and nature. This interface is at the same height asThe Space between Thoughts and Oneness of Materials and Beings, and the colored circles resonate with The Dance of Life, thus drawing the whole concept together.
Some people waste their whole lives cudgeling their heads over one tiny problem, and some people experience revelation in an instant. Who knowsthe answers to everything? Only by understanding and reconciling itself withnature can civilization go on.
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