Photo Diary #001

Asphalt deterioration is usually caused by a combination of traffic, environmental impacts and possible flaws in construction. When cracking occurs, the application of a crack sealant creates a practical and visually dynamic response to a potentially costly issue.

Although it's a crude comparison, observing the visible sutures in the asphalt can be reminiscent of the Japanese art of Kintsugi. As a philosophy, kintsugi treats the evidence of breakage and subsequent repair as part of the vivid history of objects, rather than an aspect to conceal. The crack sealant, bold against the original asphalt, lengthens the life of the surface, while marking the wear and tear a pathway endures over the course of its use.