Relax here: An urban rock garden at Salon 94 Freemans



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Traditionally, Zen Buddhist rock gardens make use of naturally occuring rocks and boulders, leaving them just the way Mother Nature made them. Salon 94 Freemans (1 Freemans Alley at Rivington St; 212-529-7400, takes the concept a step further in its current exhibition, entitled simply "Rock Garden." In keeping with the rock garden philosophy of using what is already present, all of the items on display are made up of the same bric-a-brac we see every day in the streets. Inventive sculptures made out of rubber bands, glass bowls and plastic bags create a "garden" of objects naturally found in a city filled with junk.

As you stand there contemplating life's mysteries, be thankful you didn't have to go dumpster-diving yourself. It's all here for you! In addition to the rocklike sculptures arranged throughout the space, artist Christian Holstad has hidden a "high-heeled snake" somewhere in the garden, and light installation artist Pae White contributed a chandelier (which also doubles as a bird feeder) to hang from the ceiling. The show is up until next Saturday, January 16, so be sure to catch your urban moment of Zen before it's too late.

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