Sunday, February 5, 2012


Yao Lu's New Landscape Part 1 - Ancient Spring Time Fey, 2006.
Courtesy of 798 Photo Gallery, Beijing.  Copyright Yao Lu.

BAY ART BLOG: Science Museum Arts Projects
                                       and the Bohai Sea                            
   Ancient Chinese landscapes take us to dreamy spiritual place where man is in harmony with nature. But take a closer look and you will see a mountain of rubbish shrouded by a green cloth reflecting contemporary China's rapid urbanization. This digitally manipulated photo won the 2008 BMW Paris photo prize for photography and has since been exhibited around the world. 

Yao Lu by Emmanuel Nguyen Ngoc/Paris photo.

   Photographer Yao Lu's work reflects his love for the past and concern for the disappearance of China's natural environment. He was born in 1967, studied as Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and received a Master of Visual Arts at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in Brisbane Australia. Currently he teaches at The School of Design at The Central Academy of Fine Arts.

  Beijing is near the Bohai Sea known as one of the busiest seaways in the world and the most southerly sea in the northern hemisphere in which sea ice can form. For some time, fishermen have farmed the waters for sea cucumbers, but unfortunately during the summer of 2011, three oil spills occurred over two-months. Reports boast dead seaweed, rotting fish and a sharp decline in marine life.  

Science Museum Arts Projects, London

  You can view Yao Lu's work at The Science Museum Arts Project's on-line archive. In 1857, the museum was founded as part of the South Kensington Museum, but  since 1909 it has been independent. Today it is known for historical collections, vast galleries and inspiring exhibitions. The museum highlights contemporary art reflecting the marriage of art, science and technology.

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