© 2007-2017 Jeremy Tsang (T-SANG) Interdisciplinary Visual Practise || Public Art || Incubator || Advocate
All Rights Reserved. Toronto, ON, Canada.
Materials: Acrylic chopsticks, hand casted resin chopstick holders, plastic beads, steel, power-coating, LEDs, jump rings, aircraft cable wire, cherry picker.
A sculptural installation in the shape of a large chandelier, the work is comprised of chopsticks, chopstick rests and faux crystal beads in a gradient of shades of blue from cobalt, cyan to white. The colour brings to mind to the iconic blue willow pattern in porcelain fine china.
Produced for Canada's sesquicentennial year, Tsang, together with his family painstakingly assembled the chopsticks, chopstick rests and beads to form “crystal chains." The work pays homage to the migrant Asian workers who lost their lives in building the Canadian Pacific Railway which unified our country geographically. From afar, the repetition of chopsticks and holders almost imitate railway tracks.
The symbol of the chandelier is representative of a construct of luxury and opulence in many cultures, especially in (post-colonial) Asian countries. This sign and signifier is juxtaposed to the humble utilitarian object of the chopsticks and chopstick rests which knows no class and divisions – no matter if one is of upper or middle class, one still uses chopsticks during their meals.
Commissioned and supported by Canada150 & Calgary Downtown BIA.