"Like water"--a simile for being able to use something freely, like air. Water, the source of life, is used for drinking and cooking. Water is also used for washing things of all kinds, then drained. We take water so much for granted, we only realize how precious it is when a water outage or disaster occurs.
Similarly, we tend not to sense the charm of "water" when standing before a great river or ocean, because of its large scale. Yet, on seeing water flow in a stream or gutter, or following its movement as it falls from a waterwheel or fountain, we feel fascinated by its "shapes" and "power," and by the beauty and distinctive sounds it makes.
Even the water we see all the time may surprise and delight us with the unusual shapes it forms, unexpectedly. Sometimes, we even set out with the express purpose of seeing water. Conversely, just by changing our perspective, we can feel excited at the sight of water in our everyday surroundings or a nearby park. Our joy at seeing water may derive from a deeply nostalgic remembrance of our own forgotten origins. This exhibition presents ideas of all kinds for enjoying water's shapes and power.