Today we’re returning to Houghton Hall to take a closer look at one of its permanent sculptures, Zhan Wang’s Scholar Rock.

Wang is a Chinese sculptor whose pieces consist of conceptual ideas where he “embraces and subverts several other major traditions in modern art, both Chinese and Euro-American.” This can be clearly seen in Scholar Rock. In Chinese culture, the rock holds a high value; rocks have been thought to possess the purest qi, or vital energy, and are collected as objects of art and tools of meditation.

This artificial stone-like sculpture plays with this idea. Wang states that ‘the material’s glittering surface, ostentatious glamour, and illusory appearance make it an ideal medium to convey new dreams’.

For more information, and to plan a trip to visit when the Hall opens in May, visit Houghton Hall.

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