Two Dancing Dragons
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...