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Zhan Wang (Chinese, b.1962)
LOT ID: 87850
Artifical Rock, 2001

Steel, stainless steel
44.9 х 35 х 13 in. (114.05 x 88.9 x 33.02 cm.)
Signed, inscribed, in English and Chinese, dated '2001', and numbered 2/8 on the sculpture. Extensive, unique inscription in Chinese and English engraved on one side.
Print/Casting Year 2001
Edition 2 of 8
Lot description
“Artificial rock” (2001) is an important stainless steel sculpture in the round by famed Chinese Contemporary artist Zhan Wang. This work is from an edition of 8, and has a unique and extensive incised inscription in Chinese and English on one of the sides. Dimensions measure: 44.90 x 35.00 x 13 inches (114 x 81 x33 cm). This sculpture is a metaphor for the fast changing face of China, and is inspired by the public sculpture often found outside Beijing's new office development buildings, as well as the "feng shui" of traditional landscape gardening. Zhan created this sculpture by molding a flat sheet of metal to a natural rock formation; once removed, this shiny skin was reformed to create a hollow and abstract representation of nature. In Chinese custom, rocks and water are the two most important five elements, and through the sculpture's reflective surface Zhan combines both in a spiritual emblem, merging their associative connotations of stability, prosperity, and wealth.
Artifical Rock by Zhan Wang
  • Artifical Rock by Zhan Wang
  • Artifical Rock by Zhan Wang
  • Artificial rock by Zhan Wang
  • Artificial rock by Zhan Wang
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