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Fire - "Raining Forest" by Zheng Chongbin


Zheng Chongbin's "Raining Forest" is an impressive sight of 83 massive glazed stoneware ceramic vessels occupying approximately 4,000 square meters in the Hotel Atrium.

Weighing in at 1,200kg and measuring 3m tall each, the ceramic vessels of such sizes are rarely made and fired in one pieced.

As such, the artist had to build a customised kiln - the largest in China and the size of a small building - just to create these vessels. He also had to ensure that the fire in the kiln rotated in a certain way in order to create the glaze on the ceramics.

Every vessel holds a tree, and the installation transforms into a canopy of tree seeking to direct the visual tone of the space with an exploration of elemental rhythms.

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