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“Phoenix,” St. John the Divine, NYC (overhead time-lapse)

Posted in Current Exhibitions by xubing on March 4, 2014

Xu Bing’s “Phoenix,” St. John the Divine, NYC (overhead time-lapse) from Bing Xu on Vimeo.

The installation–over the course of 4 days in January 2014–of Xu Bing’s 12-ton sculpture “Phoenix,” two birds the artist first began to construct in 2008 in Beijing.

Xu Bing, a renowned contemporary artist, created this pair of mythical Chinese phoenixes from construction debris, tools and objects used in the daily lives of migrant laborers in Beijing. Each bird weighs approximately 6 tons and measures 100 ft. First exhibited in Beijing, they are currently on display at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City.

In this time-lapse video, the female phoenix–“huang” in Chinese–is lifted from the floor of the Cathedral’s Great Nave and assembled piece by piece in mid-air by an experienced team of workers.

“Phoenix: Xu Bing at the Cathedral,” will open on March 1, 2014 with a public celebration at the Cathedral from 9 AM – 5 PM. All are welcome. Xu Bing’s “Phoenix” will remain on view for the next year.

For more information, please visit stjohndivine.org and xubing.com

Photography: Joe Griffin
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