Artist Shi Jindian creates three-dimensional sculptures crafted from steel wire.
He starts by wrapping around his subject matter until it creates a 3D mesh. The object is then either carefully removed or destroyed, leaving only its metal shadow behind.
The result, he says, is a kind of fiction, a virtual reality that can be walked around and touched. His Blue CJ750 (2008) is a replica of the Chiangjiang [Yangtze], a military bike based on an early BMW. Beijing Jeep’s Shadow (2007) translates the chassis of an army jeep into an object of pure contemplation, a kind of dream – which a car long was for millions of Chinese. Each of the works is accurate to the smallest detail. They took years to make, but he found serenity in the toil.
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When people touch his sculptures, he says, they also touch “the state of mind that emerges from the labour of my hands: tranquillity and calm”.