Eternity — Gladiateur Borghèse, Adorant de Berlin


Mineral-based composite, mineral pigments, stainless steel
138 × 142.5 × 293 cm

“Eternity” is a series of sculptural installation that fuses together and immortalizes classics of art history and great civilizations. Statues of Greek gods or Chinese divinities and modernist sculptures are replicated using mineral composite, taking on the form of visual hybrids.“Eternity” brings global civilization into a broader perspective against the East-West cultural collision, showcasing the influence of the traditional Orient and the modern Occident on contemporary life. The juxtaposition of two visual experiences provides a unique sensory perception of cultural heritage. The tension of forms and aesthetics between the East and the West, the ancient and the modern, the figurative and the abstract creates a timeless classic moment.

The ancient Greek sculpture Gladiateur Borghèse (c.100 BC) depicts a warrior wielding a sword. The sword in the original sculpture has long been lost, but in its place appears Adorant de Berlin. Also originating from ancient Greece, the latter is dated back to c.300 BC and shows a youth with his hands raised in a prayer position. In this uncanny yet harmonious acrobatic form, the tension of human body signals that of civilization and history. Cultural symbols are entangled in a wrestle of self-refer- ence, together constituting a portal for contem- porary cognition to reflect on the history of global civilization.

Eternity — Gladiateur Borghèse, Adorant de Berlin

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