8180 Lansdowne Road
Located at the entrance to residential development.
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Description of Work:
Set on each of the five low walls and facing the walkway is a dragon, traditionally a benevolent and auspicious symbol. The mythical figure is at human scale - each dragon gazes at the passerby at eye level. These dragons recall the magnificent stone and bronze sculptures of old China, yet a more direct reference is to the mass-produced ephemera of the modern era.
The artwork refers to a history of immigration, to ongoing immigration, of a culture transposed from one place to another. There is a sense of place and displacement, of cross-cultural references. The dragons are at a “domestic” scale appropriate for the residential development - set atop the concrete walls they remind us of western gargoyles; set within the landscaped forecourt holding their seamed “balls” they are humorous and playful - like garden gnomes.
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