At once strange and fiercely beautiful, the installation comprises two birds fabricated entirely from materials found at construction sites in Beijing, like steel beams and construction tools. The materials have a human element as well.
This complementary exhibition at the Sackler traces the evolution of Phoenix Project. Reimagining an ancient Chinese motif, Xu offers a view of the “new China” and the labor conditions that support its massive commercial and spatial development.
While the sculpture itself remains at MASS MoCA, the Sackler exhibition features materials used to plan the work, including drawings, scale models, and reconfigured construction fragments. Also on view are related objects selected by the artist from the Freer and Sackler collections.
You can see the final installation and some videos