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 Resting on the dust_SL


Dust, Iron and Concrete  
40x134x42cm 2pieces 


Where does it come from, and when did it come about?

Dust is an accumulation of fine particles through time. It is worthless yet found everywhere. This work was made for “Kau-Puê, Mutual Companionship in Near Future: 2017 Soulangh International Contemporary Art Festival,” an exhibition in Tainan, Taiwan. Between 2015 and 2016, I asked workers of Soulangh Cultural Park to collect dust as they cleaned the park, and I used that dust to make this work. The aluminum ruler on the wall was a tool I used to smoothen the surface of the benches, and the samples sitting on the ruler show a series of experiments I conducted to test the durability of cement-dust mixture. In the end the benches are made of 35% dust.

Dust, hidden in the park corners, is a silent traveler that circles the site in procession.

I hope to transform or memorialize this unwanted thing from daily life to tender a subtle way to experience time and space. By cementing it in two benches and inviting visitors to come for respite, it becomes a warm and friendly sculpture.


2017.3   "Kau-Puê, Mutual Companionship in Near Future” Soulangh International Contemporary Art Festival 2017, Soulangh Cultural Park, Tainan, Taiwan
2017.9   "Between Dog and Wolf" LAI CHIH-SHENG Solo Exhibition, ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan