A massive and incredibly beautiful snow sculpture at the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in China. The festival officially starts in January and lasts for a month but the exhibits open early, weather permitting. China also has great skiing, of which the West knows little. People attending the festival usually ski a couple of days while attending the festival. A great new winter get-a-way in the far East.
Ming Dynasty era stone carvings next to the entrance door of a private home garden in Shanghai. The garden, which was developed during the Ming Dynasty, was one of many family gardens through the walled city of Shanghai. In the late Qinq Dynasty, a Cantonese family purchased the property, which they have owned and maintained ever since. These exquisite stone carvings are amongst finest examples of classical Ming era carving in Shanghai.
Chinese contemporary artist Li Hongbo (previously featured here) has turned his attention from paper to metal with Shadow of Knives,a new series of awesome silhouette sculptures created using butcher knives. Currently on display at Contemporary by Angela Li in Hong Kong, these delicate pieces have been carefully cut from knives creating silhouettes that rise from the face of the blade along with a complementary negative image left inside the blade itself.
Hongbo says the pieces are meant as a warning, that “human beings will eventually destroy themselves because of their gluttony and their abuse of animals.”
Sections from the Longmen Grottoes, Luoyang, Henan, China. The stunning Buddhist works of Longmen reflect a high point in Chinese stone carving, and are dated to the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties (316-907).
Ai Weiwei, Fountain of Light, 2007, steel, wood and glass crystals, [no dimensions], Lisson Gallery, London. Source
Fountain of Light was originally designed to float on the Albert Dock in Liverpool - click here for pictures! Its unusual form is based on Vladimir Tatlin’s plans for the Monument to the Third International, though the original construction was never actually built.
Today the Department of Outstanding Origami explores the work of 鈬鍢鋃銘鎶, a skillful Chinese paper folding artist who shares their wonderful creations on the Chinese social network Baidu Tieba. We love the variety of the pieces they make, which range from fantastic creatures to cute, but realistic animals to taxidermy mounts to an impressively creepy grim reaper and even and Easter Island Moai head. Awesome!
HF Vol 21 artist Katsuyo Aoki is perhaps best known for her intricate, pure white porcelain skulls, covered here. Her latest sculptures are illustrated with colorful designs, some of which are now on display in “The Colors of Globalization” at Bernardaud Foundation in Paris. It was Victorian England that kicked off the trade of blue and white porcelain originally. Aoki’s palette draws upon this time period, which dates back to 18th century designs that imitated Chinese porcelain.