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Floating Echo

Exhibited at Socrates Sculpture Park (New York), Busan Sea Art Festival (Korea),
and The Three River Arts Festival (Pittsburgh)


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Photo by Peter Fahrni

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Transparent Inflatable Buddha floating on the East River in New York
10 feet (Height) x 10 feet (Width) x 10 feet (Depth)



CWW Spaces
at Socrates Sculpture Park
New York, 2012


Installation Photosat Busan Sea Art Festival
Busan, Korea, 2011


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at Three Rivers Festival
Pittsburgh, 2013





"Floating Echo" is a transparent inflatable statue of Buddha sitting on lotus on the water. It is inspired by my visits to Buddhist temples in Korea and China, and Zen gardens in Japan. The clear giant plastic sculpture floats like an invisible being. Through the statue one can see the nature,landscape and architecture around the water. Its subtle presence embraces and reflects the surroundings, both natural and man-made. It is seeming present and absent at the same time.

Despite all of the societal changes brought about by modernity and the endless acceleration of technological change, spiritualism is still deeply integrated into contemporary life. In this work the form of the Buddha is rendered in clear plastic, a ubiquitous everyday material, and could be read simply as a kitsch object, yet Buddha is an eternal entity and a transcendental figure. This translucent statue echoes mysteriously on the water which represents intangibility, infinity and bodilessnes. What one sees is one’s own environment rather than the Buddha itself. Its elusive beingness provokes fundamental questions of existence. "Floating Echo" coexists and contradicts with nature, material and the Self.