chinese rock art form

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Mar 2007

    chinese rock art form

    Chinese people or others more knowledgeable can correct me if I am wrong, but I have noticed that the Chinese like to collect and display stones as an art form.

    In chinese cities I have seen large stones placed on the street as public art.

    I would like to understand more about this. Is the point here to see the patterns of colors made in the stone?

    Do the chinese feel there are spirits in the rocks?

    Why is raw stone with no carving considered an art form or object of beauty?

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Nov 2005

    Usually the stones resemble creatures or other objects, which are usually pretty rare. Stones are found that resemble lions or dragons. Think of it as being the equivalent of seeing the Virgin Mary in a grilled cheese sandiwch, only more permanent.

    Others are selected because of the patterning of the colors and veins within the rock. Geodes in particular are of great value because of the aesthetics. Crystal or ore veins that can be seen in stones are in pretty high demand.