. . . is located beside the Alewife T station parking garage. This is another ideal spot for water and graffiti (nature + art?) to converge.
The Japanese aesthetic called wabi-sabi can be applied here.
“Wabi-sabi is ambivalent about separating beauty from non-beauty or ugliness. The beauty of wabi-sabi is, in one respect, the condition of coming to terms with what you consider ugly. Wabi-sabi suggests that beauty is a dynamic event that occurs between you and something else. Beauty can spontaneously occur at any moment given the proper circumstances, context, or point of view.”
“Things wabi-sabi easily coexist with the rest of their environment.”
“Things wabi-sabi are appreciated only during direct contact and use.”
“Things wabi-sabi can appear coarse and unrefined.”
“They are made of materials that are visibly vulnerable to the effects of weathering and human treatment. They record the sun, wind, rain, heat, and cold in a language of discoloration, rust, tarnish, stain, warping, shrinking, shriveling, and cracking. Their nicks, chips, bruises, scars, dents, peeling, and other forms of attrition are a testament to histories of use and misuse.”
from Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers, by Leonard Koren
Postscript — the familiar pink tape:
Before starting this project, when I thought “wetland,” this would not have been what I thought of. But that doesn’t stop it from being one. In principle, wetlands have the ability to purify water by biological means, so in a sense, if there must be a combined sewage outfall, maybe this is where it should go. Much better for there not to be one, of course.
[for more, see Pro. Pei #12]