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Li - Dynamic Form in Nature

20 21 crAckle shrinkage patterns crazing networks It surely says a great deal about their respective worldviews that the Chinese have long placed an aesthetic value on the craze patterns on their pottery, whereas in the West they were usually regarded as an unintended flaw, a nuisance. The hairline cracks in ceramics opposite top occur as a result of the shrinkage differential between the glaze and the body of the pottery. They are closely related to the cracks that appear in parched earth below, and to those in driedout paints and gels opposite bottom. All can be seen as forcelines, pathways created by the release of a buildup of stress, and it was this aspect that made them so engaging to the Chinese, with their cultural awareness of invisible energies. With their hierarchies of greater and lesser highways which correspond to the sequence of their formation these li have many many correspondences, including the earths tectonic system and the streetplans of cities.
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