China’s Contemporary Art Sculpture Garden
A giant gray Mao-style suit hangs on a red hook from the face of a massive rock. This sculpture by Chinese artist Zhu Yu is one of more than 200 contemporary works on display at Yuzi Paradise, a 1320-acre outdoor sculpture park surrounded by mist-shroeded limestone pinnacles in southern China.
The park, a 45 minutes drive from the city of Guilin, embodies the new China – the one that displayed cosmopolitan, cutting edge art and architecture to the world during the recent years, but it also reflects a centuries old tradition. Since ancient times, emperors and other patrons have commisioned gardens carefully designed to encourage visitors to ponder their place in nature. Similarly the founder of Yuzi Paradise, Taiwanese entrepreneur Tsao Rhy Chang, envisioned a place of natural beauty that stimulates the mind of art. His 21st century garden features works by 140 artists from around the world, including foreign sculptors.