Sculptor Hu Shaoming Reflects on the Urbanization of China

By: Kristin Elsley - Published: • References: visualnews
Chinese sculptor Hu Shaoming breathes life into his depictions of urbanized steel cityscape sculptures. In an effort to bring awareness to the devastating impact of urbanization in China, Shaoming created two intricate sculptures entitled City of Dreams and Umbrella with the underlying message that humans need to protect nature.

In Shaoming’s first sculpture City of Dreams, an intricate, tiny, gold city grows from the head of a giant seahorse underwater. The city is fused together by brassy mechanical parts like buttons, cogs and gears, and almost resembles the mythical city of Atlantica. The majestic seahorse appears to be made out of the same cold steel parts, while held together by a translucent, blue skin.

Shaoming’s second sculpture Umbrella is equally as complex, constructed as an upside-down metropolis featuring approximately 2,000 separate buildings made of the same materials. Shaoming illustrates that the pieces combine to reflect one entity, as well as the loss of traditional Chinese culture after the Industrial era. The parasol being a symbol of the past, while the buildings grow away from it over time. Stats for Symbolic Steel Cityscape Sculptures Trending: Older & Chilly
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