Artificial Rock #143

Zhan Wang, China


Zhan Wang’s Artificial Rock #143 in stainless steel is reflective, both literally and metaphorically. Traditionally, Chinese artists have situated rockeries and gnarled stones in front of important buildings and in gardens for decoration and meditation. In Mandarin, such stones are called jiashanshi, which literally translates as “fake mountain rocks”. They are referred to in the West as scholar’s stones, which symbolically represent mountain landscapes and contain the power to connect man with nature. The practice of placing these stones dates back to the Han Dynasty over 2000 years ago.