How is the legacy of ancient china seen in this 15th century space?
Taoist ideas of Yin and Yang, Unmanifest Tao and Wu-wei, were the most prominent legacies that shone through the exhibit. Yin and yang was embodied because the water and the immovable rocks exemplifed the complementary polarities of yin( dark, void, soft, yielding, wet, cool) and yang (bright, solid, hard, unyielding, dry, hot), a conceptualization of the world that underlies much Chinese thought and art. Yin and Yang is finding a balance and that is embodied here because each element present is countered with something equally powerful. There's a harmonious arrangement of contrasting elements. Unmanifest tao shone through because one of the principles of Chinese garden design is the use of wall and openings to create the illusion of space beyond space. Unmanifest tao is what you cannot see but you know is there which is perfectly displayed here. And finally, wu-wei and nature were embodied here because a small waterfall is strategically placed which symbolizes things taking their natural course. It's a tie to nature along with the fact that streams/ water are commonly associated with Taoism