What Remains Shall Be Beautiful

20 Nov

The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed – it is a process of elimination.

~Elbert Hubbard

Likewise, when our lives and homes are simplifiedwhen the unnecessary clutter and pointless tasks have all been chipped awaywe are left with the essential beauty of life and of ourselves.

Be the sculptor of your own life, chip away the parts not needed.

What remains shall be beautiful.

The above photograph, and those that follow, were taken during my trip to Prague, where I was fascinated by the unique surfaces on some of the buildings.

The designs on these walls were made using the technique of sgraffito, a method of etching away plaster to reveal another color under the surface.

Amazing isn’t it?


To learn more about sgraffito click here… and to see more sgraffito examples from the Czech Republic and other countries, click here.

4 Responses to “What Remains Shall Be Beautiful”

  1. simplesandy November 21, 2010 at 8:42 am #

    Beautiful photos! Thanks for showing me something new today!

    • acleansurface November 21, 2010 at 10:56 am #

      Thank you. I love it when ordinary things become art.

  2. Deirdre Fay December 21, 2010 at 6:18 pm #

    I love this post. Love the images. Thank you for sharing the beauty with us.

    • acleansurface December 21, 2010 at 8:58 pm #

      Deirdre, thank you. I’m glad you like the images. It was a great trip, and I felt so inspired by how much detail went into some of the buildings, inside and out.

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