10585 Wabi-Sabi

This minor planet is named after wabi-sabi (侘寂), a concept that is essential to traditional Japanese aesthetics. It's meaning is not directly analogous to anything in English, but it is sometimes translated as being the beauty that lies in flaws. It is an appreciation for things that are impermanent, incomplete, and imperfect - as all things in our world are. As a style of art or expression, it emphasizes the natural, the subtle, the interesting details that come from gradual changes over time.

In Zen philosophy, the drawing of an ensō, or a circle composed of brush strokes of ink on paper, is a meditative act. When the circle is left partially unclosed, it can be a symbol for wabi-sabi.

I must admit, this may be the most difficult symbolic challenge I have come across yet. How can I take an aesthetical space of naturalness, imperfection, and spontanaeity, and project it onto the plane of Platonic icons which this symbology exists on? It is hard to devise a symbol for this minor planet that is not disrespectful to the character of both the referent and symbol alike.

In the end, here is what I have come up with: the symbol for this asteroid is an ensō circle, represented by a large lone circle that is 11/12ths complete. I placed this gap in-between the 10 o'clock and 11 o'clock positions, for no other reason than that is where my hand starts when I personally draw a circle.

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