Giant Life-Like Statue of Confucius

Confucius is known as one of the greatest thinkers of all time. So, it’s no big surprise that Chinese artist Zhang Huan turned to him when he started pondering a series of questions: “Faced with rapid economic and societal changes and energy and climate challenges, how can we achieve sustainable development? What responsibilities come along with China's rise in international importance? Where is the sense of spiritual belonging for contemporary Chinese?” Although these questions seem unrelated, according to Zhang, they are inherently connected by inescapable bonds.

Every day, Zhang, who was born in China and now lives in both Shanghai and New York, and more than 100 assistants keep busy on increasingly ambitious projects. The 46-year-old is currently one of China’s most respected artists.

With Q Confucius, he is currently showing his biggest one-man exhibit to date in China. The one piece that really stands out from the rest is this giant sculpture of Confucius, which is made of silicone, steel, carbon fiber and acrylic. It’s a thought-provoking piece that gives viewers the urge to meditate themselves. If you happen to find yourself in China, the exhibit runs through January 29, 2011 at the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai.






Zhang Huan’s website
Rockbund Art Museum’s website
via [Boooooom], [WSJ], [Asia Society]



January 20, 2017

Floating Cabin Lets Nature-Lovers Sleep in the Treetops of Sweden

If you’ve ever dreamed of cuddling up in a contemporary treehouse, the 7th Room Treehotel may be your new favorite getaway. Designed by Snøhetta—a design office that dabbles in landscaping, architecture, interiors, and brand design—the floating bungalow is tucked away in Northern Sweden and perfectly positioned for a sweeping view of the Northern Lights. The 7th Room is elevated by twelve 10-meter stilts and is beautifully built around the towering trunk of a pine tree.

Read Article


January 20, 2017

19 Most Creative Water Fountains From Around the World

Water fountains have a long place in our history. Dating back to the Ancient Roman times, these reservoirs were first designed with a purely practical purpose—for holding precious drinking water and bathing. These early fountains were uncovered, free standing, and placed along the street for public consumption. (Wealthier folks also had them in their homes.)

Read Article


Get Our Weekly Newsletter