Nuts to being productive today.
Buddha Park, also known as Spirit City (Xieng Khuan), is a sculpture park located 25 km southeast of Vientiane, a small city that sits along the Mekong River in Laos. The park was started in 1958 by Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat who was a priest-shaman. The park displays over 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues of deities, along with other beautifully carved strange figures. The main attraction is the giant reclining Buddha resting on the grass (first photo).
Fun: Artist Christopher Biffol’s photographs of epic food adventuresi, discovered via PAPER.
Nadav Kander - Yangtze: The Long River (2009-12)
“Finishing Yangtze: The Long River required three years and five trips to China, ‘a place that is moving and changing so fast that it can only be unnatural,’ [Kander] said.
In 2005, around the time Mr. Kander started thinking about the project, he was intrigued by China’s rapid growth and constant change. ‘It was a place that I wanted to stand in,’ he said.
The Yangtze, flowing nearly 4,000 miles from Qinghai Province to the East China Sea, seemed a natural yet challenging path to trace.
‘I love the metaphor of water,’ Mr. Kander said. ‘Like life, like humanness, it becomes a cloud. It’s an ever-changing cycle. I find it comforting.’
Because what he was seeing wasn’t so much about China — grand structures or tourist vistas — as it was about compassion. He saw a beauty in the moments he witnessed, as people lived out their daily lives and traditions in circumstances so much different from his own.
‘It’s much more about what you don’t show than what you do show,’ he said. ‘I think work that asks you to question what more there is is much more interesting.’”
DO YOU EVER LEARN SOMETHING NEW AND RIGHT AFTER YOU LEARN ABOUT IT YOU FEEL LIKE IT IS ALL OVER THE PLACE AND YOU HEAR ABOUT IT MORE OFTEN LIKE FOR EXAMPLE YOU LEARN A NEW WORD AND AFTER YOU LEARN THAT NEW WORD YOU FEEL LIKE EVERYONE IS SAYING IT????
“Baader-Meinhof phenomenon” or “Frequency Illusion”, a type of cognitive bias. There’s a word for it. I look forward to seeing it everywhere from now on.