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Wall Of Handpainted Bricks Displays Google-Translated Phrases [Pics]

Wall Of Handpainted Bricks Displays Google-Translated Phrases [Pics]
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Shu Yong’s installation for the Venice Biennale is a wall of transparent bricks that reflects on the “Googlization” of modern-day culture.

Emma Hutchings
  • 1 august 2013

Artist Shu Yong’s site-specific installation for the Chinese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale is a wall of transparent bricks, each handpainted with Chinese and Google-translated English phrases. Aimed at public participation and involvement, the wall reflects on the “Googlization” of modern-day culture.

A Great Wall Of Bricks Handpainted With Google-Translated Phrases [Pics]

Guge Bricks’ is a collection of popular circulated quotes, phrases and words,  “displaying the displaced and multiple readings of such language connotations as a phenomena of globalization.”

Yong wrote down the Chinese and English literal translation in calligraphy on a piece of xuan rice paper. This was then embedded into a transparent brick of cast resin. There is a total of 1500 bricks, which form a wall along with a crumbling pile in the pavilion’s courtyard. Click through to see images of the ‘Guge Bricks’:

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