August 18, 2008

China's "new terracotta soldiers."

The New Golden Brick installation features portraits of migrant workers as the new terracotta soldiers. The building blocks are the humble support of a country in perpetual change. Unlike those used in ancient buildings, their lives are ephemeral as they are infinitely reproduced and replaced. Each of the migrant construction workers wears the mandatory plastic helmet, each of them is smiling, even if they are often (and rightly so) described in the press as the victims of China's urbanization frenzy.

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1 comment:

scatterhaiku said...

interesting. they smile, and yet the overall impression i get is still one of sadness.