Hmm don't they know its rude to stare?
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This was one of the highlights (for me at least) of the Sydney Biennale 2006. It took up over 2000sqm and took 30 people 6 days to setup. It's toured around a number of venues since the artist created it in 2003. The photo doesn't truly do justice to the feeling of all those little people staring back at you. The lighting was ordinary and without a tripod I had to hold my breath to keep the camera still which was fun. What is interesting is that the bands of shadows are actually slightly different shades of clay which made for a really interesting effect.
"Asian Field, a vast sculptural installation comprising some 190,000 hand-sized clay figures, has been made under the guidance of the artist by 350 people of all ages from Xiangshan village, north-east of the city of Guangzhou in south China. Using local clay from Guangdong Province, famous throughout China for its rich red colouring, the making took place during an intensive five-day period between 18 and 22 January 2003. The figures were then fired in the kilns of a local brick-making factory in readiness for the first showing of the work in Guangzhou, in March 2003, where it was shown for three months prior to touring to Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing throughout 2003 and 2004."
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