Shi Jinsong's studio diary

This year thirteen artists were commissioned to create site-specific works for Art Dubai's largest and most diverse not-for-profit programme ever.  Capsule Arts were delighted to support the programme by having Artist Shi Jinsong create his new artwork in our studio in Al Quoz, Dubai. Unveiled on opening night the artwork evolved into a performance piece which saw visitors whisper into glass bottles before they were placed neck down into the trunk of a tree, preserving their thoughts. It's always a joy to see an artist work and the journey taken to produce the final piece. This particular piece being site specific was rather large and had it's own logistical challenges. Seeing an empty large warehouse fill with wood, sawdust, charcoal and broken glass is not something seen in everyday life, especially for many of our neighbours and people working in the area - it's fantastic to see them curious and ask questions.

Here's a look at our studio diary for Shi Jinsong's installation.

Tree trunks and branches arrive at the studio
Tree trunks and branches arrive at the studio
Artist Shi Jinsong gets handy with a blow torch
Artist Shi Jinsong gets handy with a blow torch
An artists playground
An artists playground
Glass bottles begin to get inserted into trunks and branches
Glass bottles begin to get inserted into trunks and branches
Glass bottles begin to get inserted into the trunks
Glass bottles begin to get inserted into the trunks
Broken glass getting pieced together
Broken glass getting pieced together
Final installation in situ at Art Dubai 2013
Final installation in situ at Art Dubai 2013
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Tree trunk containing whispers from Art Dubai's audience
Tree trunk containing whispers from Art Dubai's audience