"Inopportune: Stage Two" (2004)

"Inopportune: Stage Two," 2004
Tigers: paper mache, plaster, fiberglass, resin, painted hide;
arrows: brass, bamboo, feathers; stage prop: styrofoam, wood, canvas, acrylic paint; dmensions variable
Installation view: MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
Collection of the Artist
Courtesy Cai Guo-Qiang

Entering the tiger room, you see the violent act- tigers with arrows pierced into their bodies and there’s a very visceral response. Even though it’s completely fake, the tigers are so realistically made that the audience feels pain when they see the them. The pain is not in the tigers, which obviously can’t feel. The pain is really in the person who’s viewing this. So it’s through the artwork, because it represents pain, that one feels this pain and has this very visceral relationship or reaction to it."
- Cai Guo-Qiang