Silent Sunday: Long Island Buddha

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Zhang Huan Sculpture

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    • Isobel, it doesn’t seem like a Buddha to me. When I first saw it, I thought of women who have been oppressed in most cultures for all of recorded history, buried alive, but still able to have beautiful spirits.

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        • Here is what is printed about the sculpture: Based in Shanghai, Zhang Huan was captured widespread international acclaim for his performative work, installations and sculpture. Devoted to both Buddhism and the history of Chinese culture, the artist has created numerous works inspired, directly and indirectly, by images of the Buddha. The large steel and copper sculpture, Long Island Buddha, is not intended as a religious image, but its roughened fragmented form is intended to reflect on the seemingly endless chapters of human history where human violence often leads to the destruction of culture and its artifacts.

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