In late September 2013, “Pavilion of China – Architecture China 2013” opened in Palacio Quintanar in the ancient city Segovia in Spain, which is an art museum that has evolved from an ancient Spanish nobleman’s mansion the Palacio Quintanar. The large scale installation “Kong Shanshui/ Empty Shanshui” features white stones, full of Zen, at the courtyard of the museum. It is representative of the cross-border artworks of installation, and it is composed of 10,000 petri dishes, placed in the open-air courtyard, from early morning to late afternoon, from day to night, there are different states: there is dew in the petri dishes in the morning; light is gentle in the morning and the glass is transparent; when there is direct sunlight at noon, the installation is entirely placed in the sun, strongly reflecting, which is in contrast to the dry surrounding environment, making people feel cool; the setting sun is blocked by the house in the evening, so the glass reflects the light from the sky, seen as backlit, it looks like the scales of a huge creature stranded on the beach, with rich tones; the whole glass hills is self-luminous at night, producing a transition effect changing from semi darkness to darkness. The installation is spread out around a tree in the courtyard, and the glass hills next to the tree has floating leaves. Whenever wind blows into the yard, the glass petri dishes would sound crisply and subtly like the campanula.
via CAFA Art Info