Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth


Heritage, 2013. 99 life-sized replicas of animals, water, sand, drip mechanism. Dimensions variable. Photograph: Natasha Harth, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art.

exhibition in Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery Of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane (Australia) until 11 May 2014
Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang exhibits dramatic new works at the QAGOMA. ‘Falling Back to Earth’ features three major installations, including two newly commissioned works directly inspired by the landscapes of southeast Queensland, which the artist visited in 2011. The centrepiece of the exhibition — Heritage 2013 — features 99 replicas of animals from around the world, gathered together to drink from a blue lake surrounded by pristine white sand, reminiscent of the lakes of Moreton Bay’s islands. The second installation, Eucalyptus 2013 responds to the ancient trees of Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast hinterland, while the third — Head On2006  - is the world known installation of ninety-nine lifelike replicas of wolves running Head On into a glass wall. A quite melancholic visual allegory for the human condition; the wolves relentlessly charging forward towards a sudden end. This work is on display in Australia for the first time.
Head On, 2006. 99 life-sized replicas of wolves and glass wall. Wolves: gauze, resin, and hide. Dimensions variable. Photograph: Natasha Harth, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art.
Artist Cai Guo-Qiang sculpting an animal for Heritage. Photograph: Cai Canhuang.
Artist Cai Guo-Qiang sculpting an animal for Heritage. Photograph: Cai Canhuang.