The Ash Head No. 1 is Made Out of Shanghai Temple Incense

By: Meghan Young - Published: May 30, 2012 • References: zhanghuan & mymodernmet
The Ash Head No. 1 is not just a sculpture that is made out of ash, it is a self portrait of the sculptor himself. Utterly impressive, the China-born and New York-based artist Zhang Huan, who is also known for his performances, paintings and photography, has turned incense ash collected from Shanghai temples into a large-scale rendering of half of his face. Although he often uses ash as a base for his paintings and sculptures, this takes it to a whole new level.

The material that makes up the Ash Head No. 1 was carefully sorted into different piles signifying the texture and lightness to better shape a realistic head. While ash is symbolic for many reasons, Huan sees it as representing "all the dreams, aspirations, all the spiritual longings, all the ideas that people have." Stats for Sooty Self-Portrait Sculptures Trending: Older & Mild
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