Meeting Sculpture, Vancouver, B.C., photo by John Ecker, Pantheon Photography
“MEETING”, WANG SHUGANG SCULPTURE, VANCOUVER, B.C. Wang Shugang’s sculpture, “Meeting” was installed in 2009 as part of the Vancouver
Biennale, an international contemporary art exposition. Shugang’s style is typically expressed in four colours only—red, white, black or bronze. Meeting is painted in ‘Chinese Red’. Historically red represents happiness. However, it also signified terror during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Red is the colour associated with the Chinese Communist Party. Says Shugang, “Today red is the colour of the faded lettering praising Mao on the ceilings of the factories. The Chinese flag, the walls of the temple, which coats the Buddhist monks, but also the clothes of a bride in red. But it is rather the Chinese, glowing red of communism, which I use.” It’s fun to sit and watch passersby interact with the sculptures. Most assume the same squat position as the figures. Others seem to enjoy poking and prodding the smiling painted bronze men.
Shot handheld with a Nikon D40X, with a Nikkor AF-S 18-200 lens at 170mm, f8, 1/800 sec., ISO 800. Image by John Ecker | pantheon photography