Phoenix by Xu Bing – in detail at Mass MoCA

  • Post published:08/14/2013
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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.

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.

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Lisa at Greenbow

    Amazing what artists can do with discarded items.

  2. Beeb

    What a wonderful display/photos!

  3. two princesses

    amazing how steel can be turned into an art work. great photos by the way, thanks for sharing. hopping from wordless wednesday.

  4. paula

    Esther came to see me yesterday and told me how overwhelmed she was by this exhibit. Now I see why! Wow! Sorry I missed this. PS: I eloped from Franklin today and am home, resting.

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