My wall sculpture “Cloud’s Peak” was recently installed in the reception space in Cathay Pacific’s newly refurbished Business Class Lounge, The Pier, at Hong Kong International Airport. This work responds to the mountains skirting the airport’s location and is a continuation of my recent practice.
Chinese landscape painting, scholar stones and contemporary pre-fabricated engineering are the inspiration for this sculpture. The Shan-shui (“mountain-water”) school of Chinese landscape painting depicts natural mountainous landscapes traditionally painted enshrouded in mist and cloud. This wall sculpture seeks to capture the essence of the mountains and the cloud. It is intended for the work to be somewhere in the middle, neither mountain nor cloud, but it could be both.
Since ancient times the scholar stone has been considered a spiritual condensation of the vital essence of the landscape, representing a world in miniature. With stones in their studios, Eastern scholars can get intimately close to nature and wander through the mountains in their minds. It is the intension of this wall sculpture to encourage the viewer to do a similar thing, but to wander through the landscape as it is, now.