Marc Peter Keane, ‘Blue Mountains Walking’, 2007, Chamber
Marc Peter Keane, ‘Blue Mountains Walking’, 2007, Chamber
Marc Peter Keane, ‘Blue Mountains Walking’, 2007, Chamber
Marc Peter Keane, ‘Blue Mountains Walking’, 2007, Chamber

The title Blue Mountains Walking is taken from a line in the opening of the Mountains and Waters Sutra (Sansuikyō山水経) written by the Zen priest, Dōgen, in the 13th century. By saying that the “mountains are walking,” Dōgen is pointing out that even a mountain — which is the quintessential image of permanence and solidity — when seen from a certain perspective can be understood to actually be fluid, ever-changing, and impermanent. Keane’s ‘Blue Mountains Walking’ plays with this idea of revelation through a change of perspective by creating a sculpture that is at once “stone” and “plant” — and also very much neither of those.