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Sculptor reveals touch of glass

GLASS, which is so widely used in daily life, can provide inspiration and become a vibrant medium for creating art.

Chinese contemporary glass artist Lu Chi is proving the unique charm of glass with a solo exhibition "Glass Metropolis" at Shanghai Times Square on Huaihai Road M.

The exhibition, running through next Wednesday, aim to show the fascination of the city of Shanghai through glass art.

Fourteen of Lu's exquisite glass sculptures and a jewelry series, which bear such evocative names as "Carousel of Memory," "Characters and Road," "Landscape on the Map" and "Rising Magic Power," are displayed.

The dazzling lighting in urban lives, one's fulfillment and loneliness in sophisticated and busy lifestyles are all captured by the artist.

Compared with her previous works, the new sculpture selections have a great breakthrough in their scale. The largest one is more than 1 meter high. Technically, these large sculptures are quite difficult to produce, with the hollow structures requiring careful glass-blowing techniques.

The production of every sculpture, from rough drafts and mold making to glass firing and grinding and polishing, is completely achieved by Lu's own hands. It takes an average of three months to finish one sculpture. Many works are fired repeatedly to become perfect. Each sculpture can weigh up to 40 kilograms.

A pioneer of Chinese contemporary glass art, Lu received the very first MFA degree in glass in China from Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2003.

She worked as a university teacher in Shanghai for four years and continued her extracurricular education at the Studio of Corning Museum of Glass in New York in 2006 and 2007.

Her works were shown at distinguished venues and international exhibitions such as Glass Art Society 2007 Live Auction in Pittsburgh, "Glass Now 2008" in Philadelphia and a group exhibition in Leo Kaplan and New York.

According to Cathy Hau, deputy general manager of Shanghai Times Square, Lu's artworks are designed with "a perfect combination of East and West cultural elements," which are also a mix of ancient and modern, tradition and adventure.

"This is a good opportunity for citizens in Shanghai to enjoy this creative art and design before it is exhibited worldwide," Hau adds.

Date: through December 2, 10am-10pm

Venue: 1/F, Shanghai Times Square, 99 Huaihai Rd M.

Admission: Free

Tel: 6391-0691


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