"Reflection" (2004)

"Reflection," 2004
Excavated boat, porcelains, 18 x 50 x 16 feet. Installation view: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Collection of the Artist
Photo by Cai Guo-Qiang
Courtesy Cai Guo-Qiang

"Kuan Yin is a god or goddess that I hold very close, a god that I worship. And when you say that, you’re relying on some kind of eternal power this figure has. However when I look at the Kuan Yin statues in the museum, I see that they are artworks. I do not see them as gods and goddesses. They are artistic representations that are different from the types of idols that we use to draw a link between us and the eternal power of the deity."
- Cai Guo-Qiang