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[User Picture]From: wispy_no_mercy
2007-01-08 07:39 pm (UTC)

expensive

This piece of art always amazes me, no matter how many times I see it. But now I've gotten to thinking... How could any artist be rich enough to create something like this? No grants I've ever heard of would cover such an epic artwork. Is the artist rich? I always wonder that. Large sculptures must be incredibly incredibly expensive to make. I wonder how much to buy? jeez...
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[User Picture]From: 3412
2007-01-08 08:59 pm (UTC)

Re: expensive

That's what I wondered too. He does get a lot of grants though. Was awarded a genius award a couple years ago too I think. So perhaps it's more a question of time than money? And he does have other people that help him for a lot of his projects, so it's not a completely individual effort.

And, they're more installations than sculptures, so they're not sold (usually), only exhibited. Though I might be wrong
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[User Picture]From: 3412
2007-01-08 09:02 pm (UTC)

Re: expensive

Dude, have you read his concept description?

"With a few wolves scattered in the front gallery, all ninety-nine wolves run, gallop, and jump toward the far end of the exhibition hall, where a wall stands. The bravery of the wolves is met head on by the unyielding wall. As the leading wolves go down, many more follow with force and determination. As those in the front fall and pile up, those behind take up their positions."
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[User Picture]From: rainsavannah
2007-01-09 01:28 am (UTC)

Re: expensive

What strikes me rather than the expense of this-- I admit, I have little idea of what it would take to create something on this scale, but I think it could be a reasonable-ish amount-- is how the artist could plan it. Like 3412 said, it's an installation, so I don't see how you could even concieve or execute the work without being in the space, which of course wouldn't happen. Would you have to already have some clout and plan with the museum months or years ahead of time? Or would you have a flexible idea and hope that some board will have similar vision and that it will translate the way you want it to?
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[User Picture]From: tashalacarte
2007-01-08 08:45 pm (UTC)
This is really neat. Sad, but neat.
Where is it being displayed?
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[User Picture]From: 3412
2007-01-08 09:01 pm (UTC)
It was in Berlin, August 26-October 15, 2006
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[User Picture]From: tashalacarte
2007-01-08 10:00 pm (UTC)
Oh.
Do you know what medium was used for the wolves?
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[User Picture]From: 3412
2007-01-08 11:34 pm (UTC)
Hm, his site only says, "life-sized replicas." So, stuffed? or built with a hollow frame (probably) and then added faux fur? Beats me.
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[User Picture]From: tashalacarte
2007-01-09 12:50 am (UTC)
Cool.
Thanks for the post, interesting stuff. ;)
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[User Picture]From: ben_iarwain
2007-01-08 11:19 pm (UTC)
do you have any info available - artist's name, title of work, etc.?
thanks!
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[User Picture]From: 3412
2007-01-08 11:35 pm (UTC)
2006 - Berlin, Germany
Title: Head On
Date: August 26-October 15, 2006
Exhibition: Cai Guo-Qiang: Head On
Institution: Deutsche Guggenheim
Location: Berlin, Germany
Materials: 99 life-sized replicas of wolves and glass

his website:
http://www.caiguoqiang.com/
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[User Picture]From: funnyflower
2007-01-09 12:54 am (UTC)
wow! that's stunning artwork..
imagine how arduous it would be to transport it. =)
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[User Picture]From: piper11
2007-01-09 02:58 am (UTC)
That's so crazy. I would love to see it in person.
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[User Picture]From: writewrongs
2007-04-07 08:15 pm (UTC)
How did you come across this?
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[User Picture]From: 3412
2007-04-07 11:50 pm (UTC)
I don't really want to get too many people any to it, but drawn.ca.
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