Zen Spot #59 — Mindfulness, meditation and South Philly sidewalk art January 20, 2018 20:18

What speaks to me

I marvel at any artist who commands their own personal language. Especially the esoteric and feral. The beautiful confusion of a visual language that waves you over for a visit, while holding a second palm out to tell you to stop, brings out the compulsive autodidact. It can be something as simple as how the artist chooses to draw an eye or the shape of a head, hand or spirit guide that consumes me.

Children’s expression

Some schools of thought hold that all art comes from the child within. I don’t quite agree, with the exception of an almost universal desire for recognition when an artwork is completed. Paint on a sidewalk and you’ve made a very clear choice about exposure and permanence. 

High slow traffic

The artwork above has a bench nearby. Dozens of begrudging cars, circling, looking to pounce on a parking space, creep all day. Abundant foot traffic saunters--hipsters, babushkas, new moms, luncheoneers, criminals, gym Jims, artists and more.

Even with eyes closed and no sirens, there is always the rustle of a human being somewhere within earshot of the bench. 24/7. But often, the rustle is the whiter part of white noise and the words of passersby are garbled mumbles. Not music. Not quiet. Not a singing bowl. Not a crowded family beach in August.

Sit on the art.


About DharmaMechanic

An artist, entrepreneur and writer walking the Buddhist path, his art focuses on the Dharma Wheel. The four wheels shown above are among over 600 DharmaMechanic has created over the course of his career. Each has a unique story. If you’d like to read the story of these wheels or purchase a framed 20" x 20" ready-to-hang print, visit SilkDharma.com.

What are The Four Noble Truths?

  1. The truth of suffering
  2. The truth of the origin of suffering
  3. The truth of the cessation of suffering
  4. The truth of the path to the cessation of suffering

What is The Noble Eightfold Path?

  1. Right view
  2. Right intention
  3. Right action
  4. Right speech
  5. Right livelihood
  6. Right effort
  7. Right mindfulness
  8. Right concentration

What is a Dharma Wheel?