September 2011 | Hasselt, Belgium | Mural

Making nothing from something.

Two guiding systems (I Ching and GR-routes) are combined in one image, stripping both of any guiding potential. The 4 square metre mural was publicly accessible for one weekend only in September 2011.


I was attracted to these ancient Chinese symbols mostly for the power of the images. The I Ching, or the Book of Changes, comprises sixty-four hexagrams which are neither language nor abstract art but something in between. They are all based on variations of eight trigrams representing the natural elements. Their meanings are very open and poetic and universal, like mountain, tranquillity, river, change or wind. Heaven, six solid lines, and Earth, six broken lines, are the two basic images of which all the others are permutations. For me they represent the opposites and balances in nature, and in my work. Sky and ground. The complementary mental and physical aspects of my art – the intellect but also instinctive spontaneous primitive mark making.

Richard Long

Re: 64 – 2 = leftovers.

I like the idea of making something from nothing.

Richard Long

Re: I like the idea of making nothing from something.