Urs Twellmann Two Dancing Dragons

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Dragons at Qingchengshan Taoist Shrine

Dragons of Acacia

Two dead acacias were cut in over thousand slices by a chainsaw, numbered and carefully packed in boxes.

At the exhibition site the wooden slices where joined together, in the order how the wood has grown and they got a new dragon like shape.

We made some tours to historic places close to Chengdu and always I encountered two dragons. This is the reason I decided to install the two trees like two dragons.

It is a conceptional way of working to use the tree as it has grown and give it a new two dimensional shape. At the same time this installation is process oriented, sitespecific and allegorical.

About the meaning of dragons in ancient and contemporary China I learnt the following:

Protector of Buddhist Law and the Buddhist and Taoist Temples

Symbol of Imperial Power

Guardian of Eastern Direction

Controller of Rain & Tempests

Bringer of Wealth & Fortune

Following the old tales the Chinese people are all descendents of the dragons - all Chinese are the sons and daughters of the dragons...