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Chinese artist Xu Bing spent two years creating his newest work, Phoenix, a pair of 12-ton phoenix sculptures made entirely from scrap Bing culled from construction sites in China, “including demolition debris, steel beams, tools, and remnants of the daily lives of migrant laborers.” The male phoenix, named Feng, is 90 feet long, while the female phoenix, Huang, is 100 feet from beak to tail. The pair are on display through October 27 at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, suspended from the ceiling inside the museum’s Building 5.

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Here’s a fascinating video on the installation process, made by The Dark Sky Company, LLC, with music by Wilco:
[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/64902383 w=629&h=354]

And a series of images shot by Hideo Sakata (including the ones above):
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[via My Modern Met]

Goli Mohammadi

Goli Mohammadi

I’m a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

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  • ameyring

    What is “scrap Bing?” Is it a Chinese term for construction debris?

    • Goli Mohammadi

      “a pair of 12-ton phoenix sculptures made entirely from scrap [that] Bing culled from construction sites in China”

  • http://www.massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=771 MASS MoCA

    Thanks Goli! We are Make magazine fans at MASS MoCA – unique and massive projects like these are our favorites. Would you credit our friends at Wilco for the music on the timelapse video? They love Xu Bing’s Phoenix as much as we do. Cheers

    • Goli Mohammadi

      Done! My pleasure! We’re thrilled you are MAKE fans :)

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