08-19-2004, 01:51 PM
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| | Nature in Amano's works
I recently obtained a copy of an English Aquajournal. In this magazine, there are some great articles and points on aquascaping. I would like to share this information with the rest of APC. Here is a summary of what he states:
Shakkei, originally termed as Ikedori which means "to capture alive," has been used by Japanese gardeners since the seventeenth century. For our purposes, it is the technique of borrowing creations of nature such as hills, sections of streams, and plains and incorporating them into the four distinct compositional planes of the rectangular aquarium. An important side note in this article is the emphasis he places upon the careful placement of different elements in the middleground to connect the foreground and background of an aquascape.
Takashi Amano's philosophy is to use nature as inspiration. His aquascapes are not meant to look natural or "wild." Instead, they are meant to be reinterpreted, abstracted, idealized visions of nature. Nature is to be studied --not imitated.
Hope all of you find this information helpful,