A hose connected to a tree in a Shanghai nongtang becomes more than a functional hub to prepare food. It is a communal place that connects generations... a place to be together, to socialize, to gossip, to laugh and learn. Those outdoor installations -although slowly pushed out of the present cityscapes- are still common in China.
In both scenarios handmade inventive, highly functional and low cost items contribute and enhance the social fabric in ways that are spontaneous and unmeant, yet very human and outgoing. To me these phenomenons embody ultimate beauty.
By Karin An Rijlaarsdam