Wednesday January 2, 2013

At a time when many of us are tired and discouraged by so many recent tragedies and upheavals, we are blessed that the Phoenix Project has landed in the Berkshires to offer inspiration and hope. I’m speaking of the Chinese artist Xu Bing’s exhibit, which recently opened at Mass MoCA.

My husband Bill and I, and a friend from Brooklyn, visited MoCA on Christmas Eve. We were awed by the magnitude of the magnificent birds, created entirely from debris found in construction sites in Beijing. This is the first time they are being shown outside of China, and happily they will be at Mass MoCA until Oct. 31. Afterward, we were told, they will hang in the nave of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan.

If you go to the exhibit, try to go at dusk so you can see the soft blue glow from the thousands of LED bulbs which cover the flying birds. They add magic and lightness to the this masterful work.

Each of us will receive a unique inspiration from Xu Bing’s work. Mine is that with vision, creativity, and persistence, transformation and renewal are always possible.

ANI GROSSER

Lenox


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