Chinese-French artist Huang Yong Ping designed this awesome aluminum snake installation, entitled Ressort, for the Queensland Art Gallery in Australia for the 2012 Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT). APT is the gallery’s “flagship contemporary art event and the only major exhibition series to focus exclusively on the contemporary art of Asia, the Pacific and Australia.”
With beautiful silver vertebrae and ribs extending sinuously from ceiling to floor and spanning 53 metres (nearly 174 feet) across the gallery’s Watermall, Ressort was the centerpiece for APT 7.
“‘Ressort’ is French for ‘spring’, and can also mean energy or resilience, and the snake skeleton coils from the roof to the floor, as if coming down from the sky, with its skull floating just above the water. The coiled snake or dragon, a central figure in Chinese mythology since ancient times, is traditionally associated with water; the snake also represents knowledge and wisdom. The snake/dragon is also a key figure in other cultures, appearing in the Garden of Eden in the Bible, as the Naga in Southeast Asia, as the foe to Beowulf or Saint George in Anglo–Saxon mythology, and as the Rainbow Serpent in Australian Aboriginal culture. It is alternatively a symbol of fear, creation, desire, deception or good luck.”
[via My Modern Metropolis]
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