Saturday, December 1, 2012

"Rising"

Just unveiled in May of this year, this sculpture, titled "Rising", by Shanghai-based artist Zhang Huan is one of the most unusual ones I've seen. When approaching the piece it seems to be a dragon but when you start looking for the head you realize that the 'legs' are more like tree roots and that the piece is meant to resemble a tree rising up from the earth and is covered in birds. The $5 million stainless steel piece is in front of the 66 storey Shangri-La hotel/condo tower and the birds break away from the piece and you can even find them up on the very top edges of the building.  I'll give you a close-up tomorrow! Meanwhile, enlarge this pic for a better view.

19 comments:

William Kendall said...

Very peculiar, but I like it!

Lowell said...

That is something else! You have so many interesting things in your city! I'm dumbfounded - had no idea.

I like this, I think. Looks a little scary, though. Creative, for sure!

Eyeliquor said...

That's a must see!

Halcyon said...

I have driven by this a few times, but never have had the time to get a closer look. It's quite intricate. Can't wait to see your close-up.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Incredibly intricate. And expensive!

Deb said...

Wow truly amazing sculpture, but $5 million......................

jennyfreckles said...

That's very fascinating. (Though the practical me wonders what it will look like when it gets dirty.)

tapirgal said...

It's not only interesting, but it fits well with its location.

Jack said...

It looks like tree roots. But, $5 million?

Sharon said...

I see what you mean about the shape, it does look like an animal. I like this one!

Kay L. Davies said...

Fabulous!
K

Randy said...

Stunning piece of artwork.

Mo said...

I love this sculpture. Easy to guess it is Chinese influenced with the dragon shape. Its also a bit like a giant bonsai. Inviting and scary all at the same time.

JM said...

This is amazing!

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

Absolutely takes my breath away. Just stunning.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

A lot of money, but it is pretty spectacular..beautifully shown here Pat.

LĂșcia said...

This is an amazing sculpture, loved it!!! ;-)

Kathy said...

What an amazing piece of art. I wish I could see it up close and figure out how the the small individual ones are attached.

NixBlog said...

Yep!, Nice one!