Beyond Reflection

Submitted by UAP

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Client: China Horoy Holdings

Location: Shenzhen, China

Completion date: 2017

Project Team

Artist

Lawrence Argent

Industry Resource

UAP Shanghai

UAP (Urban Art Projects)

Overview

Beyond Reflection uses a dragon to reflect the culture of its Chinese setting and the mythological creature’s characteristics of power and happiness. Through the use of a sunken plaza, the 16 metre stainless steel structure cleverly spans two levels, with the body and legs of the dragon below ground, and the head, back and tail above. This unique approach, along with the use of mist and lighting, makes it appear the dragon is floating.

Goals

Inspired by the dragon, the legendary and symbolic creature of Chinese mythology, the dragon form emerges from beneath the ground, drawing in visitors for closer inspection. Animated with lighting and mist, the work creates a vivid and dramatic experience. The unique site allows the artwork to appear fluid and floating, with the body and legs of the dragon below ground and the head, back and tail rising above, with claws clutching onto the balustrade.

Process

Beyond Reflection is a 16 meter tall stainless steel sculpture by Lawrence Argent in a sunken plaza at Uniwalk, a new mixed-use development in Shenzhen, China. UAP collaborated with Argent on this landmark project, working on the development, fabrication and installation of the work. The complex fabrication required multiple treatments to the material, with the body made from panel beaten mirror polished stainless steel, and the faceted head, claws and tail made from welded mirror polished stainless steel.