"The Fury of Lei Kung" by Liu Dao "Child" by Liu Dao "23.950327ºN 121.605762ºE" by Liu Dao "Stick and Carrot" by Liu Dao "Featuring 1950s" by Liu Dao
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"The Fury of Lei Kung" by Liu Dao
TITLE "The Fury of Lei Kung" (大发雷霆)
ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA RGB LED display, transparent Lambda C-print, mother of pearl mosaic woodframe
DATE 2011
SIZE 109(W)×26(H)×8(D) cm | 43(W)×10(H)×3(D) inches
TECH SPECS 4× MW LPV-60-5 (INPUT 100-240V AC /1.2A 50/60 HZ - OUTPUT 5V/8.0A)
WEIGHT ARTWORK WEIGHT: 11 kg |24.3 lb + CRATE WEIGHT: 12 kg | 26.5 lb
EXPOSURE exhibited in "Omen", "HK Art Fair 2011"
CREDITS Rose Tang 罗丝唐 (photography) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Zhang Leihua 张雷华 (production coordination)

In 7th century China the locals used loud, garish fireworks to chase away evil spirits with their thunderous explosions. They prayed for protection from ill-intent and injustice to the fearsome figure of Lei Kung, God of thunder and retribution. Fireworks became a sacrificial gift as well as a tribute to the bird-beaked god who stormed across the skies with mallet and hammer, striking down the evil-hearted. An ordinary mortal, Lei Kung was transformed into a divine being and acquired his awesome powers after he wandered into a lush garden with overhanging peach trees - and took a bite out of a peach that had been enchanted by one of heaven's Celestial Warriors. Since then, he has raged across heaven and earth, feared and worshipped by gods and humans alike.
In "The Fury of Lei Kung", Liu Dao creates an extraordinary vista of fireworks over daytime Shanghai. Liu Dao calls upon the deep association between fireworks and the God of Thunder to ask a deep-rooted question about the condition of modern urban life, particularly in Shanghai's urban jungle. The vicissitudes brought about by raid progress can be overwhelming; who do we call on to protect us now? Who is the just god who will shelter us from the uncertainties and insecurities that we grapple with on a daily basis? The colourful fireworks that burst over the city skyline explode with our human yearning for stability, shelter and protection.
"The Fury of Lei Kung" forms a dramatic scene of LED fireworks, set off against a panoramic photograph of skyscrapers in Shanghai's cityscape, printed on lambda transparency. The antique willow wood frame with mother-of-pearl inserts characterises the thematic fusion of traditional and modern which is the hallmark of Liu Dao's work. "The Fury of Lei Kung" is the husband-piece to "The Wrath of Lei Zi", a companion LED artwork exploring the theme of lightning and the wife of Lei Kung. [Loo Ching Ling 吕晶琳]

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