Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren of OMA recently completed the CCTV (China Central Television Headquarters) building in Beijing, one of the most well-known architecture projects around the world. Being the visual representation of one of the major Chinese state owned media corporations, together with Xinhua, for many it also stands for Chinese (media) politics as such. The absence of hard facts like reliable statistics from external organizations is almost completely missing in the Chinese media world. That lack of information is creating rumors and speculations that even Amnesty International, BBC and others are picking up.
Jon Leung took another approach and built a series of provocative and humorous sculptures. The third part of CCTV got installed on the roof of the Foo Tak building in Hong Kong while blending in with the surrounding architecture. A burning incense stick is used in the 150cm tall sculpture.
He says: “Deliberately abstracting the form and changing its function, the sculptures serve as a contemporary shrine to worship the new Chinese Post-Capitalistic religion. Mixing traditional Chinese religious elements (incense) with Postmodern realism, the CCTV-series is a celebration of both the good and the bad of what China currently represents.”
Leung’s CCTV sculptures have been shown in art spaces such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, as well as in the public space of Hong Kong.
> read all about the CCTV series
Upcoming exhibition this Sunday in Turnhout, Belgium
Five well-known Belgium artists were invited to transform a sculpture, the ARASTT box, originally created by Hans Wuyts.
ARASTT (Artist Residence, a Sculpture to Transform) box by Hans Wuyts
> the exhibition at De Waranade , Warandestraat 42, Turnhout, Belgium opens on Sunday, 16th of October, 15h and runs until 30th of October
> see previous works of Jon Leung on Public Delivery
The first Public Delivery project