European Thousand-Armed Classical Sculpture
Fusing Western gods and heroes with Buddhist iconography, nineteen statues — including Athena Parthenos, Zeus, Hercules, Odysseus, the crucified Christ and the Statue of Liberty — are in a variety of poses and lined up so when viewed from the front, they resemble a ‘thousand-armed’ Guanyin, a Buddhist symbol of compassion. White Rabbit Gallery
Xu Zhen’s 2013-14 sculpture uses nineteen statues chosen on the basis of their arm positions, copied from the originals in all-white, and rescaled to the same 3-metre height.
The White Rabbit Gallery is located in Chippendale, Sydney and exhibits works from one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of contemporary Chinese art.
Photos courtesy of the White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney.