"Active Memory"

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2012
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This suspension sculpture uses handmade glass to form 3-dimensional Chinese calligraphy that recites five poems. Two are by the Tang Dynasty’s poets, Bai Juyi (772-846) and Li Bai (701-762).

One is from Su Shi (1036-1101) of the Song Dynasty, and another poem is from an early twentieth-century anonymous immigrant about his experiences on Angel Island.

The last is by a poet the SFAC refers to as “the Artist,” and contains words that described the lives of the Bay Area’s Chinese immigrants like “gold rush”, “railroad track”, and “computer.”

Commissioned By
San Francisco Arts Commission
Location

1199 Mason Street, Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center

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