Zhang Huan's "Ash" Buddha Astonishes in Sydney, Ausytralia

By Jane O'Sullivan
Installation view of Zhang Huan, Sydney Buddha (2015).
AUSTRALIA---Zhang Huan has brought his giant ash and aluminum buddhas to Australia, with a solo exhibition of opening tonight at the Carriageworks art space in Sydney. There are two parts, a five-meter ash buddha and an aluminum mold. The pieces were previously exhibited in 2010 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei as Taiwan Buddha, and have also been shown in Florence. They have been renamed Sydney Buddha for this exhibition. There will also be a performance element to this exhibition. The metal struts supporting the face and hand of the ash sculpture will be removed at the opening, causing these parts to collapse. [link]