Zheng Guogu

Year Two Thousand, Another Two Thousand Years to Rust

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Year Two Thousand, Another Two Thousand Years to Rust
Zheng Guogu
Year Two Thousand, Another Two Thousand Years to Rust
1999-2006
Set of 23 hand made and etched life size wine and beer bottles

In Year Two Thousand, Another Two Thousand Years To Rust Zheng uses iron for its connotations as primitive, industrial, and militaristic material, as well as for it’s sheer weight, to cast a variety of liquor bottles. Zheng’s sculpture makes reference to China’s fast expanding economy in relation to its millennia-old history, humorously posing the transient icons of commodity culture and frivolous indulgence as indestructible anti-ergonomic ballasts. In theory, each of Zheng’s bottles should take 2000 years to fully disintegrate, allegorically reversing the calendar of Western civilisation and restoring a balance of nature.

     
 


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