Based in Shanghai, Zhang Huan has captured widespread international acclaim for his performative work, installations and sculpture. Devoted to both Buddhism and the history of Chinese culture, the artist has created numerous works inspired, directly and indirectly, by images of the Buddha. The large steel and copper sculpture, Long Island Buddha, is not intended as a religious image; its roughened, fragmented form is intended to reflect on the seemingly endless chapters of human history where human violence often leads to the destruction of culture and its artifacts.
Zhang Huan. Long Island Buddha, 2010–2011. Copper, 67 x 89 x 69 inches. The Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Acquisition. © Zhang Huan