92nd St – Eight Views of JKO Reservoir (Central Park)

23 – Sea and Sky. Two towers rise.

23 – Sea and Sky. Two towers rise.

At the very heart of 92nd Street is the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, in Central Park.  The street itself would cut across the water, but those who walk on it may not pass.  Instead, we take the winding path along the north side of the Reservoir.

Walking around this large expanse of water – once, but no longer, the source of New York’s water supply – I was reminded of an ancient tradition in Chinese Classical Landscape Painting of depicting “Eight Views,” (八景) of a single landscape – views of the scene during different times of the day, or of the year.

The tradition began in 12th century China, when the anonymous painter Li Shi (李氏 – literally means “Mr Lee”) painted his “Eight Views of the Xiao and the Xiang Rivers” (潇湘八景), each of the views having very poetic names with deep philosophical meaning.

Here, I present my own eight views of the JKO Reservoir, at different points along its perimeter, and accompanied with descriptions that heighten the sense of reflection and contemplation.

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24 – Rushes swaying in the breeze.

24 – Rushes swaying in the breeze.

25 – Ripples of water.

25 – Ripples of water.

26 – View to the South.

26 – View to the South.

27 – Emerging from behind the trees.

27 – Emerging from behind the trees.

28 – The Gatehouse.

28 – The Gatehouse.

29 – Beyond the lamp-post.

29 – Beyond the lamp-post.

30 – A ball of flame.

30 – A ball of flame.

C - Eight Views

C – Eight Views

About Kennie Ting

I am a wandering cityophile and pattern-finder who is pathologically incapable of staying in one place for any long period of time. When I do, I see the place from different perspectives, obsessive-compulsively.
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