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Cai Guo-Qiang’s “Falling Back to Earth’ is one of the most dramatic exhibitions to be held at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Australia. Globally recognized and with over 25 years of experience, Chinese artist Guo-Qiang possesses an outstanding ability to create innovative large-scale installations.
Encompassing 3000 square meters, 99 life-sized replicas of wild animals are situated around the circumference of a pool of water. Immersion is further emphasized as mechanisms have been installed to simulate a mass drink from the reservoir filled with 170 tons of water. Russell Storer describes the installation as a ‘seemingly a peaceful gathering of predator and prey, the menagerie of heritage conveys an almost reverential solemnity, in a lyrical utopian vision loaded with uncertainty‘. In addition, his signature installation ‘Head on 2006’ consisting of 99 life-sized leaping wolves also appears in the GOMA for the first time. Guo-Qiang’s work is truly monumental and thought-provoking as it encourages the viewer to contemplate the complex relationship between humanity and nature.