The Tao of Taiwanese Sculpture
If there is one thing I learned in Taiwan, it's this: language is an art, art is culture, and culture is politics.
And in Taiwan, the best art - like the best politics - is rooted and grounded in tradition and history, but not bound by it.
Such is the work of Taiwanese sculpture Juming - a renowned artist who works can be found at the Juming Museum in JinShan (Gold Mountain), a scenic mountain area about an hour's drive from Taipei.
The Juming Museum is only outdoor sculpture museum in Taiwan - an oasis of art where the architecture, landscape design, and gardening were all carried out or overseen by Juming himself.
The most famous of his works - and in my view the most compelling - are those in his Taichi collection. Indeed, these are his signature works.
Inspired and informed by taichi - a "soft" or "internal" form of kung fu, the sculptures are poetry in motion.
Shapeless and formless becomes perfect form.
Men of solid bronze appear fluid.
That which is perfectly still seems dynamic.
A body at rest remains in motion.
External conflict with another brings inner peace with oneself and the world.
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