an earth artwork celebrating the opening of
the new Asian Art Museum
1. What: Treasures Unveiled is a two-part
performance artwork. Part one will involve
wrapping the new Asian Art Museum in thousands
of square yards of canvas printed with Asian
art images reaching back thousands of years
and coming forward to the modern period. Part
two will involve a dramatic 45 minutes live
performance art piece in which "Fortune Man"
(Pop Zhao) brings good fortune to the participants
of the Museum's opening event.
2. Where: the new Asian Art Museum building
in San Francisco.
When: March 10 - 20, 2003 ( Part one ) March
20, 2003 ( part two)
4. About the Work: Part One: Earth Art Installation
(wrapping the building) front of building:
Harmony (yin) and Energy (yang) are vital
feng shui elements that should be incorporated
in any new endeavor. These themes are placed
front and center on the canvas covering the
entrance to new Asian Art Museum. Harmony
and energy are in balance, represented by
images of two pieces of art, while standing
guard on either side are Gate Gods. sides
of building: Images from around Asia are combined
in a multi-level collage representing the
progression of different Asian cultures throughout
history. This collage shows the connection
between 5,000 years ago and today. The different
levels allow the viewer to focus on a range
of images floating simultaneously in history.
These diverse images, whether they be of the
past or the present, co-exist side by side
in our psyche.