Designed by Chinese-French artist Huang Yong Ping, Ressort is a gigantic aluminum snake skeleton that was commissioned by the Queensland Art Gallery in Australia for the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT). APT is a major art event held annually at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art and features contemporary art from Asia, the Pacific, and Australia.
Ping has designed a handful of these snake sculptures as a reference to a central symbol of Chinese culture. Ranging in size and location, including Germany and France, his work attempts to introduce parts of Chinese culture to the West. Ressort stands on display in the Gallery’s Watermall and extends more than 170 feet long from the floor to the ceiling. The large scale is authoritative and dominates the space without overpowering the room. Ping points out that, although the sculpture appears massive in the context of the gallery space, in another setting it may appear small and that everything is relative to the circumstances. According to his bio, “His massive installations rework architectural and animal forms into complex tableaux, drawing in elements of the sites in which they are constructed.”