Carriageworks, as part of Sydney Festival, presents Zhang Huan: Sydney Buddha – the largest installation ever created for Australia by the renowned Chinese artist.

Zhang Huan: Sydney Buddha is comprised of two large-scale sculptures of Buddha, each over five-metres tall, and positioned facing each other in the Carriageworks public space.

One Buddha is created from aluminium and acts as a mould to form the second Buddha, which is created from 20 tonnes of ash collected from Buddhist temples in Shanghai, Jiangsu Province and the Zhejiang Province of China. The ephemeral ash Buddha will gradually disintegrate over the course of the exhibition, affected by exposure to the environment.

Chinese-born Zhang Huan (b. 1965) is one of the most vital, influential and provocative contemporary artists working today. He began his career in Beijing in the 1990s creating performative, politically engaged works, and moved to New York in 1998. Over two decades, his body of work has addressed themes including poverty, personal liberty, cultural difference and nomadism. Since his return to Shanghai in 2006, Zhang Huan has shifted focus to more traditional forms of art such as sculpture and painting and adopted ash as his primary medium.

 

Where | Carriageworks

When | January 8 – March 15, 2015, Daily 10am until 6pm

Price | Free

More Info | Sydney Festival

 

Image: Zhang Huan, Taiwan Buddha, 2010. Image courtesy of the artist and Pace, New York.