On to the main event following on from part 2 HERE
the reason Sophie & I went to the park in the first place was to see big shiny things, by a gentleman called Qi Yafeng. I can’t find a website for him, maybe not allowed one in China. Anyway he’s done quite a lot of stuff, and these were his latest pieces.
The big, shiny pieces did not disappoint, they were mesmerising, you couldn’t help seeing yourself stretched thin or shortened fat, curved, wobbly, and sometimes not even there! Just like being in the house of mirrors at a funfair but with just one piece of kit. 2 large pieces in the grounds, and several in the indoor spaces. There was also a video showing the process of making them, with some lady playing really cool twangly music in the Hong Kong studio where it was all happening. It was hard to think of them as stainless steel; the mirror finish was so perfect. What was also cool was Mr. Yafeng was in attendance, he stayed back near the trees on the edge of the lawn and took photos of people interacting with the sculpture and took photos of us taking photos! I wish I’d said hello, but wasn’t sure if a) he spoke English, as I don’t speak Chinese, and b) what would I say? “Hi, I really like your big shiny things?”
All the works were entitled Big Shi… oops 🙂 they were entitled In Each Phase, with a number after them as in In Each Phase 1, In Each Phase 2 etc.
Big Shiney Thing 2 was my favourite as it looked different from different perspectives, and the reflections were weird.
So very impressive and gorgeous especially in the sunshine. But my very favourite of all is one that wasn’t on the map of where to find the sculptures, nor on the list of what all the sculptures were. Whilst walking around the grounds on the trail of all the sculptures, we veered off down towards the river to see if there was any stuff to photograph, just at the same time the chap in charge came along to lock the gate that you would go through to get to it, “Ah” said he, “I see you’ve found the secret one”. And off he went again, and when we looked over the fence we saw
also by Qi Yafeng. I have no idea why it wasn’t listed or on the trail, but it was cool to find it and I think it’s quite beautiful sitting there in the river.
There were also some smaller versions of his pieces in different parts of the stables areas, so I’ll finish with a couple pictures of those.
all pictures are embiggenable when you click on them.
More gorgeous artworks from the day can be seen HERE