Elite sculptor's quirky works take centre stage at Times Square

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 August, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 August, 2008, 12:00am

Yikes! There's a raging dinosaur in Times Square's atrium! Only, it's not another Jurassic Park experiment but an exhibition of contemporary sculptures by mainland artist Sui Jianguo. Continuing the mall's recent spate of cultural presentations in its public space, an exhibition of Sui's playful, quirky works were officially opened at an exclusive preview on Wednesday.

In addition to a large red T-rex, there's also a big Mao jacket sculpture, another Olympics-inspired work and abstract tower-like totems. As chairman of the Central Academy of Fine Art's sculpture department in Beijing, Sui (pictured) might be one of China's elite contemporary sculptors, but he has no problem with showing at a mall.

'More people can look at my works and more people can get in touch with art,' Sui said between signing guests' souvenir books. 'Here, these works can communicate with more people.'

Working in a very tactile way, Sui blindfolded himself when he created the first small-scale mould for one of the pieces. 'Touch is more important than your sight when making a sculpture. With your eyes open, the form would be made most precise, but there may be more character and interesting flaws if you work with your eyes blindfolded. I've decided to be satisfied with whatever the result is.'

Sui's works will be on display until August 19.