Posted on 01/26/2014

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Cai Guo-Qiang
Falling Back to Earth

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One of the most dramatic exhibitions to be held at GOMA, artist ‘Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth’ presents major new works by a truly global artist, whose large-scale installations and explosion events have made him one of the most innovative figures in contemporary art.

Heritage 2013 — features 99 replicas of animals from around the world, gathered together to drink from a blue lake surrounded by pristine white sand, reminiscent of the lakes of Moreton Bay’s islands.

Mrs Mail and I went to visit this on Saturday. It had been drawing huge crowds, and was supposed to finish soon, so we picked a day where the weather was not so nice on Australia's 3 day long weekend celebrating Australia Day, thing the maddening throng might be thinner.

It wasn't too bad actually, and the exhibition was spectacular. I waited for the right moment to exclude or minimise the background people.

All of these animals are totally artificial.

Below is a wide view of the whole room, showing all 99 animals set in a pristine pond surrounded by a sand bed of the finest grains.

Amongst the chinese artist’s artwork presented for the first time is ‘heritage 2013′, a tremendous installation comprising 99 replicas of wild animals situated around the circumference of a water pool. lowering their heads into the crystal blue lake, the placed species stand on powder white sand and simulate a mass drink from the oblong reservoir filled with 170 tons of water. tigers, bears, zebras, giraffes and kangaroos illustrate ‘seemingly a peaceful gathering of predator and prey, the menagerie of heritage conveys an almost reverential solemnity, in a lyrical utopian vision loaded with uncertainty‘

The big picture

Watering Hole

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Quite an impressive menagerie of animals Jim and an excellent exhibit too ... both shots are very well taken and preseented too ...

Can you talk to the animals Dr. Dolittle??
3 years ago.