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"Indigo Oriental" (靛蓝梦)

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2021

Rgb led display, acrylic paint on plexiglass, vietnamese linen embedded in hand cast resin, teakwood frame

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Dimensions: 51cm (H) x 51cm (W) / 20.1" (H) x 20.1" (W)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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“Once I spoke the language of the flowers, Once I understood each word the caterpillar said... How did it go? How did it go?” - Shel Silverstein

In October of 1986 Yulan Magnolia (玉兰花) was chosen to be the city flower of Shanghai. It’s a much-loved flower in China, known as the welcomer of spring setting off sweet, lemony scented blooms throughout the streets. The combination of apple and magnolia together forms the phrase yù táng fù guì (玉堂富贵) meaning “a wish for wealth and honor”. Flowers speak in hues and scents, only to those willing to listen. Pink, green, and blue butterflies dance to their chatter in a whimsical act of devotion. Amalgamating in the big blue sky, to our eyes it’s simply a mischievous display of play. Did you know blue is the rarest color in nature? There is no natural occurring blue compound to color things blue. For example, flamingoes are born with grey feathers which eventually turn pink thanks to compounds in their diet. Instead, any butterfly or flower you see gets their indigo hue from light bouncing off their external structure, also known as structural color. Alas, the blue butterflies and bluebirds continue their fanciful whirls. The flowers will tell their stories for years to come, while we laugh at gilded butterflies.

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Born: 2006

Hometown: Shanghai

Based in: Shanghai

island6 六岛 (Liu Dao) is a Shanghai-based collective of tech-geeks and creative talents whose driving force is collaboration. Since its inception in 2006, this dynamic international group has produced multimedia art that muses on the relationship between the delicate qualities of traditional art and the technical complexities of the contemporary. Artists from diverse disciplines converge to contemplate the past, present, and future of China through their humorous and innovative new media work. Their unique collaborative philosophy explores the cultural potential of the convergence of art, technology, and science in their quest to promote cross-cultural dialogue. Liu Dao's ever expanding repertoire includes works in diverse mediums such as LED art, video art, interactive art, neon, photography, painting, sculpture, and dynamic laser art, among others.


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