A site-specific installation by French and Chinese contemporary artist Huang Yong Ping is on display at the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco. Titled ”Wu Zei”, the work accompanies the museum’s “Méditerranée” exhibition dedicated to dwindling biodiversity of the Mediterranean Sea.
Wu Zei is a giant sea creature 25 meters across, meant to be a hybrid between an octopus and a cuttlefish. It hangs suspended from the museum’s famous Medusa chandelier–hence the glowing head–with tentacles reaching out into the exhibition space. The creature both evokes the life of the sea and refers to the looming, human-caused disasters that threaten marine life.
The installation is the latest an impressive series of efforts by the museum to link science–oceanography in particular–with art. The series includes last year’s Cornocopia exhibition by Damien Hirst, and an installation by Mark Dion coming later this year. Wu Zei will remain on view through May 2012.
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