More enchanting than controversial, Huang Yong Ping’s, Colosseum (2007), is a marvelous room-sized terra-cotta model of the famous Roman arena filled with plants, turning the ultimate symbol of early imperialist sadism and blood sports into an enormous peaceful flower planter.
In China, Huang was a member of "Xiamen Dada," a group of conceptual artists whose actions included having a show and afterwards burning the work they had showed, and gathering up debris from the gallery courtyard and displaying it in the gallery. Since moving to the West, he he creates large-scale installations that refer to global relations and his Asian roots, often incorporating such objects as Chinese divination wheels and medicinal herbs.
Photo: Elspeth Kinneir
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