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Love at the Tower Bridge

Posted by
Nitin (Mayenne, France) on 9 September 2014 in Art & Design.

"Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible - it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could."
--
Barbara de Angelis

This sculpture is one among the several amusing and delightful sculptures on display along the Tower Bridge promenade in London. The sculptures are the works of the Chinese sculptor Xu Hongfei.

Recognised as one of China’s leading artists and current president of the Guangzhou Sculpture Academy, Xu Hongfei’s work offers a lively exploration of daily life in China. His interest is in the simple, ordinary, and everyday pleasures in which his subjects find happiness.

In his ‘Chubby Women’ series, Xu Hongfei presents women engaging in daily activities and captures a snapshot of Chinese life through their lens. These sculptures will be exhibited in association with the government of Guangzhou at More London in proximity to Tower Bridge, bringing a slice of China to an iconic part of the capital.

His ‘Chubby Women’ are not limited by their size and enjoy active and fulfilling lives walking dogs, meeting lovers, riding bicycles and even skateboarding. Marking a conscious break from traditional European
sculpture and its elevation of a narrower type of beauty, Xu Hongfei celebrates a liberating new aesthetic and, in doing so, challenges us to question the notion of beauty in art.

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Strewth - right outside the Mayor's office !

9 Sep 2014 5:57am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Made me laugh. Happy Silly Tuesday. ;-))

9 Sep 2014 2:58pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France

superbe ce cadrage acrobatique

10 Sep 2014 7:05am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Amazing strength, looks like he was more than prepared !~

10 Sep 2014 1:48pm

Evelyn from Berkeley, United States

Very clever angle!

10 Sep 2014 1:58pm

franz from Baden, Austria

wonderful compo and frame, great idea and fun presentation !

10 Sep 2014 5:42pm

franz from Baden, Austria

and i have to add one more thing - i've not seen these sculptures yet! this goes to show how long i haven't been to london and that it's high time i visit my favourite city again !!!
(neither have i seen the abominable shard with my own eyes ...)

15 Sep 2014 6:42pm

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