International Sculpture Center



Shan Shan Sheng

Open Wall, 53rd Venice Biennale
May-October, 2009

2,200 glass bricks that correspond to the years of the Great Wall’s Construction, the Open Wall is approximately 20 m (60ft) long, 2 m (6ft) high and 80 cm (2ft) deep. Sheng uses translucent stacked Venetian glass, a medium she has worked with extensively, to allude to dynastic Chinese architecture. Warm colors of red, gold and yellow are used intermittently in layers making this an exquisite luminous structure. Being a temporary work, Open Wall reconstructs China’s Great Wall as a sequence of stacked glass bricks.