noble materials: stone (1)

Stone is one of the most obvious and readily available noble materials to be chosen for manual work. But, before showing you some examples, let me today bring this photo, which I took not far from my home in Beijing. Chinese have an intense appreciation for the aesthetics of the stone in its natural state, which they use very often as decorative element in urban spaces, sometimes (as in this case) adding the human touch by way of written texts. This coalition between nature and culture departs greatly from the type prevalent in the West.

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