Material: Renewed Elevator Cables
Edition of 6
Base W146 D133 (cm)
Kang Muxiang is a well-respected artist from Taiwan who is well-known for his use of abandoned materials including driftwood and recycled elevator cables. Like the way in which Michelangelo Buonarroti could see the figure of David in the stone before it was carved, Kang’s creativity enables him to breath new life into abandoned materials and to give the objects new meaning. Kang’s work challenges our assumptions about the fundamental nature of the world. Have we become too rigid with our perspectives on life? Are we too blind to see the potential possibilities underneath the surface of things?
Kang Muxiang utilizes recycled elevator cables from Taiwan’s iconic Taipei 101 building to create the embryo-like work Infinite Life. Through 1000 degree Celsius temperatures, Kang transforms the rigidity of abandoned cables into the delicate shapes of life. Kang symbolizes the origins of life and life’s resiliency while encouraging viewers to harness a more ideal vision of the world – to stay hopeful, persistent, and to pursue it day after day. That is the strength that brings rubble back to life.