Luxembourg and China


pieces of fabric sewn together, oil, the left stone in the blue is from a temple by the river Mosel in Luxembourg

the rest of the stones are from a holy temple-area in Hangzhou China  110 x 110 cm   2008  commissioned by Domaines de Vinsmoselle (L)

The little black point at the bottom is where all starts. The black is holding everything in a protective, stable and balanced control.

The circle is the Earth, the "right now”. The light-blue color is Luxembourg and the red color is China. The yellow color in the middle is the flow of energy, happenings and life in it's self. Luxembourg is offering the grape Pinot Noir--- Pinot Noir is a red wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. The name may also refer to wines produced predominantly from Pinot noir grapes. The name is derived from the french words for "pine" and "black" alluding to the varietals' tightly clustered dark purple pine cone-shaped bunches of fruit. Pinot noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler regions, but the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. It is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine. 

Joel Fleischman of Vanity Fair describes Pinot noir as "the most romantic of wines, with so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, and so powerful a punch that, like falling in love, they make the blood run hot and the soul wax embarrassingly poetic".

China is offering the plant Tea--- Camellia sinensis, the tea plant, is the species of plant whose leaves and leaf buds are used to produce tea. It is of the genus Camellia (Chinese: 茶花pinyin:Cháhuā), a genus of flowering plants in the family Theaseae. White tea, green tea, oolong and black tea are all harvested from this species, but are processed differently to attain different levels of oxidation. Camellia sinensis is native to mainland South and Southeast Asia, but it is today cultivated across the world in tropical and subtropical regions. Tea is the most widely-consumed beverage after water. 

Laozi (ca. 600-517 BC), the classical Chinese philosopher, described tea as "the froth of the liquid jade" and named it an indispensable ingredient to the "elixir of life".

The stones--- "If you want to cross the river you have to find the right stone to stand on".

The lotus flower--- Nelumbo nucifera, is the ultimate and absolute perfection. The Chinese revere the sacred lotus as a symbol of purity and elegance, and it is a common motif in ancient Chinese poetry. A famous statement about the lotus' symbolism in Chinese culture is made by Confusian scholar Zhou Dunyi:

 "I love the lotus because, while growing from mud, it is unstained”.