Sky Mansions by Ding Hao at The Opposite House
We live in fast-paced, high-stress, superficial times. But this cannot stop us in the slightest from using feelings of idealism to slowly take in and deeply reflect upon life—yearning for the beauty in life is human nature.
I believe there are many people like me, who, despite being over thirty, are still moved and fascinated by fantasy stories loved by children, like Miyazaki's "Castle in the Sky" and "Howl's Moving Castle," as well as The Tower of Babel. I often get lost in this sort of unfettered fantastical thought and fearless creative spirit, which moves me endlessly. I am in awe of this sort of impractical idealism, these creators who can keep their hearts calm in times of ceaseless racket, day after day, maintaining an approach to their work that is at once both disciplined and romantic. When I, like them, thrust myself into the middle of this heavy and complex work day and night, when I create mansions of ideals, a moment that is standing on the ground but walking towards the sky—only then can I comfort these fickle times as they hurry by.