Thursday, February 11, 2010

Hana yori dango? Rice cakes over flowers?

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(10/02/12) Hana yori dango? Rice cakes over flowers?

Rice cakes over flowers? Nutrition or beauty?

This week, during each class I ask which people would rather do: eat rice cakes or watch flowers. It is a difficult question. Nutrition or design? I think it comes down to flavor.

Without beauty, in its many forms, food is not delicious and it is rarely satisfying.
But, without nutrition or context, design is shallow, and seems almost meaningless.

Some people claim that useless art is more valuable and more pure than useful art or "craft." Perhaps, some people believe that flowers are only beautiful if they are not useful.

But I wonder if their "purity" and their "uselessness" is actually used? If someone uses a flower for its value as a "useless" status object, they are still using a flower.

As long as art and craft are kept separate, isn't so much food eaten without appreciation and don't so many flowers wither alone?

Although not all plants can be eaten, the messages they might carry may be just as flavorful! Perhaps, this added spice of design, is, today, one thing that this flower city has to offer.

Rice cakes over flowers? Nutrition or beauty?







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