|DAY 248||UNEXPECTED ART FORMS|
THE RAGES OF ARMAN
It is said that the Zen master Ikkyu, while being apprenticed as a child, once broke his benefactor’s teacup. When the teacher entered the room, Ikkyu hid the cup and asked him, “Why do people have to die?” The teacher responded that death is a part of life, and all humans must meet their end sooner or later. Ikkyu then produced the shattered cup, stating, “It was time for your teacup to die.”29
Certain art forms, such as images drawn on the beach at low tide or in the accumulated dust on a vehicle, are inherently prone to deterioration. French-born artist Arman, however, ...