A Lotus Grows in Brooklyn


Storefront Windows as Artsy Activism

I keep walking past these amazing windows at ABC Carpet & Home (Broadway at 19th) and finally took some photos so I could share them with you. They focus on the subject of water, the beauty and spiritualityof it, as well as our environmental responsibility regarding it. I’m not always a big fan of co-opting philosophical or literary sources for commercial purpose (in this case, to sell expensive furniture), but in this case I think it’s okay because ABC has a foundation that does … something? Hard to tell from this website. But it’s good. I hope.

 Picture 120

We can’t help being thirsty, moving toward the voice of water. Milk drinkers draw close to the mother. Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Shamans, everyone hears the intelligent sound and moves with thirst to meet it. —Jalal ad-Din Rumi

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Every human should have the idea of taking care of the environment, of nature, of water. So using too much or wasting water should have some kind of feeling or sense of concern.  Some sort of responsibility and with that, a sense of discipline. —The 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso

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To understand water is to understand the cosmos, the marvels of nature, and life itself. —Masaru Emoto

 Picture 132

Water is the basis of life … the blue arteries of the Earth.
—Sandra Postel

By means of water, we give life to everything. —Koran, 21:30

 Picture 127

If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry. —Rachel Carson

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