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['…'] In her performance The Bean Garden, Knowles makes a Japanese garden in a dish, using beans, rocks and water. When the garden is ready, she puts it in the windowsill. Finally, she clears everything up.
The Bean Garden is one of a series of four ‘bean works’. Alison Knowles also made a book filled with all kinds of quotes and worthwhile information on beans. In this book she writes: 'One of the delights of travelling is to find new names for beans we are long familiar with, to discover new types altogether, and to discover slight variations on what we thought standard.' In Bean Garden, an Asian ritual appears to come about. Instead of sand and pebbles, Knowles chose to use beans, which, although as hard as stone, still contain a simple form of life… In a simplistic manner, she shows how she can create and destroy life at will.