Craft & Design
Xu Bing Turns Construction Remnants into 12-Ton Phoenixes

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


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