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Artist Presents 99 Lifelike Animals in Scenes You’re Unlikely to See in Nature

Cai Guo-Qiang's first solo exhibition in Australia is a cross between The Lion King and Noah's Ark.

By Anita Senaratna
December 02, 2013
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By Anita Senaratna
December 02, 2013
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It's not often you get to see bears casually drinking next to cheetahs. New York-based artist Cai Guo-Qiang's first solo exhibition in Australia is something of a cross between The Lion King and Noah's Ark that way.

The exhibition, titled Falling Back to Earth, consists of three large-scale, nature-inspired installations, two of which are commissions inspired by the artist's own experiences in Australia.

Heritage (2013) features 99 lifelike animals from all around the world drinking from a blue lake surrounded by white sand. The other new work is Eucalyptus (2013), a long gum tree extending the length of the gallery, and the third piece on display is the artist's famous and fabulous Head On (2006), where 99 artificial wolves are shown in various stages of colliding with a glass wall.

The exhibition will be at Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) until May 11, 2014. The exhibition also includes an interactive element for children, an illustrated book, videos and regular Chinese tea ceremonies.

Images from Cai Guo-Qiang Studio Blog and QAGOMA.

Published on December 02, 2013 by Anita Senaratna

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