For the living color project I went to the Astor Garden Court located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Originally when I walked in I was a bit stunned. I had never seen anything like this before in a museum. The architecture of the walls and the placement of the rocks and plants. I walked around and soon noticed a study towards the back of this room. In the study there were places for scholars to do acedemic work. This was a simple but intricate two roomed exhibit that showed you a physical way to learn about Confucian and Daoist environments.
Throughout the garden there are a numerous amount of rocks scattered with a different variety of shrubs and plants here and there. All of the rocks have an extreme appearance of erosion and look very untouched. Which is Wu Wei, the Daoist concept of going with the flow of life and nature. The rocks are eroded and plants growing all around the garden they each look very unaltered. Rocks are an important symbolic element to a Chinese garden. They are placed and piled very specifically to represent mountains and streams. Together they combine and create the Yin (dark and wet) and Yang (bright and dry). Yin and Yang is the balance between two opposites Traditional Chinese gardens express the concepts of yin and yang through the arrangement of contrasting elements. Everything located in the garden is natural and untouched. The garden is the way that Daoist look at life, much more about going with the flow and letting nature lead your path.