Phoenix

Inspired by the contemporary realities of his fast-changing country, Chinese artist Xu Bing spent two years creating his newest work titled “Phoenix”. The installation currently on exhibit at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) features two massive birds fabricated entirely from materials harvested from construction sites in urban China, including demolition debris, steel beams, tools, and remnants of the daily lives of migrant laborers.

"At once fierce and strangely 
beautiful, the mythic Phoenixes bear witness to the complex 
interconnection between labor, history, commercial development, and the 
rapid accumulation of wealth in today's China."

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