On a fine day in the spring of 2014, artist Rachel Sussman made her introduction to the Japanese art of Kintsugi or Kintsukuroi. The catalyst was a photograph she saw on social media of a broken ceramic bowl put back together with gold. Kintsugi is the traditional Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer mixed with gold, silver, or platinum dust.
Armed with that knowledge and guided by the aesthetic philosophy of Wabi-sabi, the artist set out to fix the sidewalks for the project Sidewalk Kintsukuroi. The in-ground installations are generally made from tree sap-based resin combined with bronze and 23.5 carat gold dust.