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After moving to the modern, cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, architect Hong Yi, also known as Red
, stumbled upon a piece of tradition in an old residential alleyway where people still dried their clothes by using bamboo sticks across the windows. The sight of different shapes and colors along the laneway fascinated the artist and inspired her to create a portrait of Zhang Yimou, a famous chinese film director who's movies reflect the beauty of traditional chinese culture.
Known for embarking on the choice of alternative materials in her work, Hong began experimenting with several pieces of clothing and eventually decided to use socks. 750 pairs were molded into a diamond shape and pinned together to create the desired image. During the installation, Hong realized the piece was to heavy and it became distorted. Neighbors and friends came over and everyone had an idea of how it could work. The community came together and was quite excited to help in the completion of this work.
The final result was finally achieved after 3 weeks of project and assemble. Hong was excited to complete it and to see the different angles created by shadows throughout the day.