Sunday, November 18, 2012
A good day to see the new installations at the Jing'an Sculpture Park at 128 Shimen 2nd Road off Nanjing Road West. Take Metro Line 2 to the Nanjing Xi Lu station. Use exit 2 to Nanjing Xi Lu and go to the right/east. Turn left/north on Shimen Er Lu. Walk two blocks and at the NE corner of Beijing Xi Lu, you will see the park.
We were surprised by the number of new sculptures to be seen.
Power Ants (2012) by Chen Zhiguang of China:
Pergola (2012) by Wim Delvoye of Belgium:
The Zhuang Zi Zoo (2012) by Wang Tianren of Hong Kong, with accompanying text:
"To lengthen the duck's legs will worry him,
To shorten the neck of a crane will make him sad."
There is a law of nature for everything in this world, how can we force it?
"You are not the fish, how do you know the happiness of fish?
You are not me, how do you know that I don't understand the happiness of fish?"
Why not project our personal feelings to everything in this world?
"The back of the P'eng/big bird measures I don't know how many thousand li across, and when he rises up and flies off, his wings are like clouds all over the sky. When these begin to move, this bird sets off for the southern darkness. The little dove laughs at him saying, I give a great leap and fly up, but I never get more than 10 or 12 yards before I come fluttering among the weeds and brambles. And that's the best kind of flying anyway. Where does he think he's going?"
A big vision and verve will lead us to a different realm.
"I dismember an ox with my mind rather than see it with my eyes...follow the law of nature...handling a butcher's cleaver with ease."
Can we use our mind rather than just seeing things with our eyes?
Tower (2012) by Wim Delvoye of Belgium:
A few miscellaneous photos:
Jiaotong University Souvenir Shop:
Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941), writer from India:
Shanghai Theatre Academy.)
Hooters in Pudong: