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To Earth It Shall Return

To Earth It Shall Return

Normally, once a work of art is destroyed it ceases to have meaning. But with architecture, a ruin carries a significance: "Where the work of art is dying, other forces and forms, those of nature, have grown." The work of man is combined with the work of nature, the building becomes a natural phenomenon. Additionally, Simmel writes that we appreciate ruins as manifestations of the saying that "all that is human is taken from earth and to earth it shall return."

Excerpt from Preserving and Utilizing the Ruins of Rosh Ha'ayin

Photo taken in Kastellorizo, Greece