Artist: Zheng Lu
Zheng Lu graduated from Lu Xun Fine Art Academy, Shenyang, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture in 2003. In 2007, he received his Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, while also attending an advanced study program at The École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris in 2006 after being awarded the LVMH Young Artists' Award.
Zheng Lu’s work is very poetic and contemporary. He got his global recognition starting from the “Water in Dripping” series. All of his work is full of ideas of tension, contradiction and modulation. The best way to understand these contradictions is as the interplay between Yin and Yang, positive and negative space, stillness and movement, light and shadow, reflection and dissipation, classicism and modernity, visual and textual thinking, depth and surface, signifier and signified.
The most obvious contradiction is the portrayal of moving water in a still form, whether it is in his “Water in Dripping” series, or in his “Shiosai” series where the sculptures quite literally offer a reflection, distorting the image in the waves. Through static objects, these sculptures shimmer, offering hints of motion.
Zheng Lu has participated in numerous exhibitions in China and abroad, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei; the Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem; The Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, Moscow; Musée Océanographique, Monaco; Musée Maillol, Paris; the National Museum of China, Beijing; the Long Museum and the Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai. His work is in collections worldwide including the Long Museum, Shanghai; Suzhou Museum, China; and the UBS collection.
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Mid-Life Refurbishment (MLR) Trains
The MTR East Rail Line (EAL) MLR trains retired in May 2022 and were replaced by the new trains to give passengers advanced travelling experience along with the EAL cross harbour extension that commenced service on 15 May 2022.
The electrified trains of EAL had been in service for 40 years and had significant historical connection to the community. These trains were originally introduced into service as first-generation electrified trains, also called “Yellow Head”, back on 6 May 1982 before their mid-life refurbishment between 1996 and 1999. The Corporation has explored various ways of taking care of retired trains under the Legacy Train Revitalisation Programme, including donation to community members to give a second life to the train compartments and parts. The Corporation embraces the enthusiasm of the artist Mr. Zheng Lu in putting his imagination into context to connect MTR innovatively with the community.
The artist is inspired by the MLR trains and its fine details, leading to his creation and reconstruction of a new form of monumental artwork by reassembling these metal parts and obsolete items in an artistic form to bring back collective memories.
From the back and side, visitors will see details of the technical parts collected from the obsolete trains. The artwork is like deconstruction in imaginary forms, with these metal parts in an engaging artistic setting, creating a visually interesting mechanical collage. At the front, it is a surreal and abstract reconstructed train head using parts from the original train. The new contemporary look of the train head attempts to create more interpretations from the viewers and allows the viewers to closely experience the sheer scale of the train.
Apart from attracting visitors to examine the artistic details in the composition, the artwork can also encourage lots of imagination curiosity with the complex structure. Although there are many details inside, the outer cover is sleek and contemporary to amalgamate the artpiece into the fine setting of the retail mall.