Michael Zheng, China/USA


TitleThe Stop
Artist: Michael Zheng (b. 1965, China)
Medium: Metal
Dimensions:  274 x 60 cm (108 x 24 inches) each

Using humour and curiosity, artist Michael Zheng’s art often takes the form of situational intervention, where he creates situations that challenge established perceptions of everyday things.

The STOP challenges our understanding of the ubiquitous stop sign. We normally don’t question the stop sign’s governance over our movements, but here we notice that something is awry. What is normally a clear command to halt is now an open invitation to explore alternate perspectives. The new association is about placemaking, offering a warmer invitation for people to meet at a designated public space, gather together and enjoy leisure activities.