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“Ichi-go ichi-e” Not to be repeated or replicated
Understanding the precious moments in a lifetime The Japanese term "Ichi-go ichi-e" reminds people to cherish any gathering as ‘a moment in life’ that cannot be repeated and can never be replicated. It roughly translates to the idea that we live ‘each moment, only once in a lifetime. The idea originated in 16th-century Japanese tea rituals when attendees would gather for tea with the expectation that this ceremony would not be repeated in their lifetimes. The time spent in an encounter should be highly valued because it can't happen again. It should therefore be treated with deference, sincerity, and care. It also serves as a means of coming to terms with and accepting life's transience. Savour every interaction and experience you have as it can never be recreated or relived. Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life. Nothing will happen in the same way again. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and each authentic painting has a unique narrative. There is no repeating of an Art Installation like this which makes it "Ichi-go ichi-e". And scarcity is the basis which is assured. This Art Installation performed on the French Riviera reduces available resources when they paint a desired impressionist artwork right over a one-hundred-year-old genuine oil painting. Unique things are always scarce or rare. The availability of century old art, hand painted on canvas, is obviously limited. Anything painted today can become and feel a century old only in another one hundred years from now. Based on the principles of scarcity every Art Installation causes dwindling availability. The number of available century old original pieces of art is guaranteed to diminish with ever Art Installation performed. The artwork commissioned is identified and registered with the collector’s unique birth date. No second installation can be performed if the same date of birth is involved. Performance is subject to Proof of Uniqueness as recorded in the Art Installation Registry. There will be one client with his personal "one off" Art Installation and only one Installation in a collector’s Lifetime. Nobody ever will be given a second chance. An Art Installation like that can never be repeated, neither can it be replicated for anybody, or by anybody. So this is a perfect example of "Ichi-go ichi-e". We naturally want to relive wonderful holidays, repeat life-affirming experiences, eat our favourite meals again, and hang onto the people we love. In conclusion, "Ichi-go ichi-e" can serve as a subtle reminder that nothing is guaranteed to happen again, which should motivate to behave with extreme presence. Such a Once in a Lifetime Art Installation is "Ichi-go ichi-e". It is a privilege to be accepted and to be able to value and enjoy a once in a lifetime treasure. All experiences stand-alone and will never be repeated in the same way. Every encounter in fact is a "once in a lifetime".
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