I’m not sure which I saw first. The creeping hands…The lashing tail…Fervent, frantic, fevered wings dipping into water…Or something else entirely…
It was on University Avenue, Toronto. A sliver, gleaming, glinting thing that crawled along concrete, penetrated glass and even appeared in the fire-lit warmth of the Shangri-La Lobby Lounge.
Well, what it turned out to be was a major piece of public art from the Chinese artist Zhang Huan, commissioned by the Asian based luxury Shangri-La brand and costing a rumoured 5 million or so dollars. Those trembling fronds represent doves of peace rather than hands of menace. What I thought was a twisting tail is supposed to be a tree that represents the crucial symbiosis between urban and natural landscapes, ecology and balance.
So…my interpretation was completely wrong. But who cares! I loved it as it caught the light from the sun as it sloped through the city by day and winked at the car lights that drove past by night.
I just enjoyed it. What do you think?
Zhang Huan Rising – What do you think?
Disclosure: this trip to Toronto came about thanks to thanks to iAmbassador, the Canadian Tourism Commission, Tourism Toronto and the Shangri-La Toronto. All y’know, the usual, all my own. As ever. As always.