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
(c) 2014, Xu Bing Studio, Inc.