Create Yourself in the World, Recreate the World - CODAworx

Create Yourself in the World, Recreate the World

Submitted by Metais Jean Bernard

Client: Embassy of France-Beijing

Location: Beijing, China

Completion date: 2011

Artwork budget: $300,000

Project Team


Metais Jean Bernard



Embassy of France-Beijing


The I Ching and the notion of “Chance and Anti-Chance” inspired this work of art created by Jean-Bernard Métais
for the French Embassy in Beijing. The work focuses on the expression “SE CREER DANS LE MONDE, RECREER LE MONDE” (“CREATE YOURSELF IN THE WORLD, The artist wrote these words seven times on a sheet of paper, then drew from the I Ching to determine a position for each letter within the sculpture’s oval shell.
Material:Etched polycarbonate shell, LEDs, electronics.
Size:2.9 m x 1.9 m x 0.7 m.