Hmm don't they know its rude to stare?

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Submitted to Strength in Numbers

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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."

14 responses

  • Aloha Montgomery

    Aloha Montgomery gave props (8 Feb 2010):

    love the title and unique field of little faces!

  • christopher kontoes

    christopher kontoes (Deleted) said (8 Feb 2010):

    loved and voted.

  • Sadie Routzahn

    Sadie Routzahn gave props (9 Feb 2010):

    I've seen this exhibit in Korea!!! Thank you for the great memories!

  • Alexander Bussey

    Alexander Bussey gave props (9 Feb 2010):

    such an incredible art piece. nice documentation.

  • chika aryani

    chika aryani gave props (10 Feb 2010):

    ohhh wooow.. voted.

  • Santiago Padilla

    Santiago Padilla gave props (11 Feb 2010):

    Great pic for a story.

  • Robert R. Gaines

    Robert R. Gaines gave props (11 Feb 2010):

    Super cool capture!

  • Bermi Shutter

    Bermi Shutter gave props (13 Feb 2010):

    very cool entry!

  • Tone Fotland

    Tone Fotland (Deleted) said (14 Feb 2010):

    Cool:-)Like it

  • robert caston

    robert caston gave props (15 Feb 2010):

    incredible photo and good job capturing it!

  • Robert Carey

    Robert Carey   gave props (16 Feb 2010):

    OMG. Idk if this should be in the 'Strength in Numbers' category or the 'WTF' category. This is awesome!

  • Vanessa Ramirez

    Vanessa Ramirez gave props (16 Feb 2010):


  • Epin Hervin

    Epin Hervin gave props (17 Nov 2010):

    Hey, do you watch ASF+ at Sydney Bienalle? I think it's the great video

  • teresa B

    teresa B   gave props (7 Jun 2018):

    Love this! At first I thought it was a million monkeys or prairie dogs lol. Amazing art

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