Saturday, May 1, 2010
HOMAGE TO ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH IN D-C
MONKEY GRASP FOR THE MOON is based on a folk tale about monkeys who try to capture the moon's reflection in a pool of water. Linking arms and tails to form a chain, they reach down from a tree branch to touch the moon's form as it shimmers on the water's surface. To their dismay the moon vanishes at the very moment they grasp it. Things we work hardest for to achieve may be just an illusion. This chain, created by Xu Bing, runs from the ceiling to a pool three storeys below, and is formed by the word "monkey" in 21 languages.