Meeting 1 2009

SHUGANG, Wang

Registration number

1636858

Artist/maker

SHUGANG, Wang

Title

Meeting 1

Production date

2009

Medium

painted bronze

Dimensions (H x W x D)

8 figures, 92 x 70 x 50 cm

Credit line

Purchased by MAB Corporation, 2013
City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection

Keywords

Meeting 1, Wang Shugang, Docklands, 2013

Summary

Location: NewQuay Promenade, Docklands, in front of the Melbourne City Marina

This sculpture of eight men crouching in a meeting circle is located at the western end of NewQuay Promenade on the Dockland’s waterfront. The bronze crouching figures have been cast from one mould, which was made from a life-size model. All the sculptures are painted red, a colour that the artist sees as a multicultural colour, making it ideal for representing Melbourne’s diverse community.

According to the artist, '... the colour red has multiple cultural meanings in China, historically representing happiness but during the Cultural Revolution it symbolized terror. Today red is the colour of the faded lettering praising Mao on the ceilings of the factories, coats of the Buddhist monks and the colour of wedding decorations'. In Chinese culture, the number eight is significant and is believed to bring good luck. Each of the eight figures is 92 centimetres tall and weighs 100 kilograms.

Wang Shugang is a leading Beijing artist and this artwork was acquired by MAB Corporation to be a feature at NewQuay. 'Meeting 1' was officially launched by the Right Honourable Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor of Melbourne, and MAB Corporation on 18 April 2013.