Invisible Symmetry in the Garden
Unlike the symmetry of both French and Italian gardens, the Chinese emphasize the symmetry of nature and “yi.” On this evening, “yi” was given the meaning of “thought and sentiment.” It was described as an “invisible symmetry,” or “symmetry of the invisible.”
- A tree on one side and a stone table on the other (two things of a very different nature)
- A gazebo on one side and a bridge on the other
The gazebo physically exists (has a more physical existence) and may be considered yang. The essence of the bridge may be that water flows beneath it. In this sense, it is yin. The yang and the yin elements combine to create balance.
- A tree and a well
The tree represents up and visible. The well represents down and invisible. Professor considers this the “highest level of design.”
Chronicled by Katherine from Professor’s Lecture at UCLA Extension Landscape Department
Our work is always to see the yin in the yang, the yang in the yin, and to learn the play of their interaction. Professor has given us another view to consider. I hope it is helpful as you enjoy quiet moments in your Summer garden.