Marc P. Keane’s book ‘Japanese Garden Design’, borrowed from Sally, describes how white sand is used to create a special visual space and to symbolise water (understood as a metaphor for human existence).
And Timothy Morton describes the strangeness of what we call the environment, pointing out that it doesn’t exist apart or aside from its life forms. He quotes Georges Bataille’s phrase for animal existence in the environment: it is like ‘water in water’.
Keane, M. (1998) Japanese Garden Design. Charles E. Tuttle Company Inc.: Rutland Vermont and Tokyo Japan
Morton, T. (2010) The Ecological Thought. Harvard University Press: Cambridge Massachusetts and London England