CAI GUO-QIANG:THE NINTH WAVE
Last year, 16,000 dead pigs floated down the Huangpu River in Shanghai last year, due to high levels of air pollution. This catastrophic event inspired The Ninth Wave which not only questions China’s environmental conditions through more visual fare, but our day-to-day environmental interactions with mother earth on a more global scale.The installations visual influence is culled from Russian painter Ivan Aivazovsky’s 1850 painting, also entitled, ‘The Ninth Wave’, which depicts weary survivors helplessly clinging onto debris the night after they were shipwrecked in a storm, with the day breaking depicted in warm tones, it gives the viewer hope that these survivors might just make it.
The Ninth Wave opened with a elegy in his hometown of Shanghai – eight minutes of multicolored smoke shooting up from the Huangpu River (very same river the pigs were found in) bought attention to an unexpected fishing boat floating down the river replacing Aivazovsky’s survivors with 99 faux animals, all looking sullen and weary.
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