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GROWING SOIL-HARD BRICK

INSTALLATION|Size variable 2015

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The material of Growing Soil – Hard Brick is construction waste from beaches. Fragments of cemented red bricks have gained cobble- like, smooth, and rounded appearances after 30 years of seawater polishing. Tons of such cobbles collected from coastal areas are scattered everywhere in the exhibition hall as well as piled up by the wall outside the hall, unified with the exterior red brick wall of the Chinese Pavilion in the Giardino delle Verigini as if the lower part of the brick wall were polished into cobbles by seawater. Crafted by nature and human together, these “cobble-like bricks” are something between non-art, art-to-be, and art, and turn the whole collection of works in the Chinese Pavilion to a site of Total Art. “Growing Soil” is a magic potion used by the unsuccessful hero in Chinese mythology, “Gun”, to control the floods. Gun’s failure serves the success of his son, Yu the Great. The growth of Growing Soil and the rights and wrongs of the two men epitomize the unremitting spirit. Growing Soil is the best gift for Venice, a city threatened by sinking.