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"Himavanta" by Liu Dao
TITLE "Himavanta" (密林)
ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA LED display, Chinese papercut (Jian Zhi 剪紙), paper collage, teakwood frame
DATE Made in island6, Shanghai 2010
SIZE 122×122×9.5 cm | 48×48×3.7 inches
TECH SPECS 7× MW LPV-60-5 (IN 100-240V - OUT 5V/8.0A) + 1× MW LPV-60-12
WEIGHT ARTWORK WEIGHT: 51 kg | 112.5 lb + CRATE WEIGHT: 30 kg | 66 lb
EXPOSURE exhibited in "Prophecies"
CREDITS Tang Dashi 汤大师 & He Dashi 贺大师 (Chinese paper cutting 剪紙) • Wang Dongma 王东马 (video animation) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Zane Mellupe (production direction)

"Himavanta" is the second work in a two-piece series depicting Buddhist visions of reincarnation. Like "Kinnara", the first, "Himavanta" features an extraordinary paper cut showing a modern building unable to contain a mammoth tree that is growing outward from within. The image is mythical and fantastical but also pertinent in the era of globalization.
Like the mythological animal which is half bird and half man, the artwork is a crossbreed of influences, styles and mediums. The teakwood frame and beige paper collage stand as bastions of traditions in carpentry and Chinese arts, but through an embedded network of LEDs, a high-tech universe shines from behind the paper canvas. Two colorful birds hop along the branches at the top of the frame, while different shades come and go in different rooms throughout the building.
Like many beings from Oriental folklore, China itself has undergone many reincarnations throughout its history, and for Liu Dao, who are based in Shanghai, they see a bright, new national configuration represented in the illuminated buildings growing up across their city. [Pete Bradt]

STATUS N/A. Private collection, Monte Carlo (Monaco).
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