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.”