Badminton Garden (Mao Pao Tong)
ceramic and found objects
installed at Lanzhou City University
This piece was inspired by the flower bud of the Mao Pao Tong Tree. When we arrived in Lanzhou the buds had just fallen from the trees and were scattered everywhere. They were quite lovely and delicate.
With the aid of several students and faculty at the university we created over 200 ceramic Mao Pao Tong Buds and installed them in a full sized Badminton court recreated in the gallery. Badminton is a very popular sport in China and courts are ubiquitous.
The installation is intended as a kind of meditation garden. As you move through the space you have to be very aware of your body and the ceramic flower buds. It raises questions about one's relationship to nature.
An enormous thank you to all the people who helped me make this piece a reality. I couldn't have done it without their help! Here are a few of the people who helped, pictured below:
Su Hi Lin
Su Yan Chi
Su Fian Ching
the studio chair
A place for me to ramble on when I need to take a break.