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Zhang Huan - Three Legged Buddha

Zhang Huan
Three Legged Buddha, 2006
Plaster, 9 1/2 x 7 3/4 x 17 1/2" (24.1 x 19.7 x 44.5 cm)
Storm King Art Center, gift of Zhang Huan

This work is a model for Three Legged Buddha, a large-scale sculpture on view in the exhibition’s outdoor section. Zhang’s capabilities in his Shanghai studio are varied, due to the numerous skilled studio assistants who work within its several artisanal workshops. As Zhang has explained, "For works like Three Legged Buddha, first I make preliminary drawings, then maquettes, and then when I’m sure of what I want I invite specialist craftsmen to enlarge the model to the size and effect that I've envisioned."