"Reflection" (2004)

"Reflection," 2004
Excavated boat, porcelains, 18 x 50 x 16 feet. Installation view: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Collection of the Artist
Photo by Cai Guo-Qiang
Courtesy Cai Guo-Qiang

"For me it’s really important that the work here displays an aesthetic of decay along with the sunken boat with the broken ceramic pieces. They form a unity in showing the power of destruction, the beauty of destruction, whether it’s from nature- because the boat has sunk- or through other forces. It’s really the beauty of decay and death that holds a power here."

- Cai Guo-Qiang