“High and Low depend on each other, Before and After follow each other”
Art Installation by Etta Lilienthal
“The rapidly transforming face of Capitol Hill is difficult to ignore. Historic building facades partially preserved, vast holes in the ground, steel structures with glassy skins dot the topography of the neighborhood. There is a dichotomy that exists between destruction and renovation, this piece is an expression of the delicate balance between the two.
The title, “High and Low depend on each other, Before and After follow each other”, is part of the Tao. It expresses the duality present in all things, allowing space for non-attachment and multiple points of view. The skyline of our city is rapidly changing, yet the ground we walk upon still holds our history and memories and those of the people who came before us.”
The complete passage:
‘When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.
Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.’