I happened to catch Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations last night for my usual vicarious travels through food, drink and wit. What struck me more than the astounding food this show was Bourdain discussing and practicing ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement.
What’s essential to ikebana like many Japanese art forms is the disciplined use of negative space. In other words, what is not present is just as important or perhaps more important to the artwork than what is present.
As we debate the city and its evolving canvas, I think negative space matters in making this a better city.