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Phoenix by Xu Bing – in detail at Mass MoCA

Phoenix by Xu Bing

PHOENIX by Xu Bing is on display at the Mass Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Massachussetts. It is very difficult to photograph the whole with a little point and hope camera. But the details of the construction debris that comprise these two magnificent birds can be appreciated.

Coronet of one Phoenix by Xu Bing

The Phoenix is a mythical immortal bird that rises from its own ashes.

Coronet of the second Phoenix by Xu Bing

Xu Bing’s Phoenixes. which will eventually fly in Beijing , symbolize the rise from greed and corruption to compassion and justice.

Bamboo and steel

Now for the details.

Shovels

Spades

Grinding wheels

Steel plates

View from under the tail

 

Postcard – night view of Phoenixes in Beijing

The next stop for Xu Bing’s 12 ton Phoenixes is the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC.

For more (almost) Wordlessness on Wednesday click here.

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