Monday, July 20, 2009

Warriors (wood carving symposium in Holland)

Title of work : Spear-shield in the ancient paradox.

Synopsis of work :
This work is created in response to the theme of warriors from ancient China. It is an allegorical interpretation of a Chinese story in 3rd century BC philosophical book by Han Fei Zi. In the story, a man was trying to sell a spear and a shield. When asked how good his spear was, he said that his spear could pierce any shield. Then, when asked how good his shield was, he said that it could defend from all spear attacks. Then one person asked him what would happen if he were to take his spear to strike his shield; the seller could not answer. This led to the idiom of "zìxīang máodùn" (自相矛盾), or "self-contradictory."

The sculpture took the idiom to a twist of having both the spear and shield on a balance. In such situation, the paradox lies in the shield act as a stoppable force from the shear.

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