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"Easternmost Bay of Lake Malaren" by Liu Dao

"Easternmost Bay of Lake Mälaren" (美兰湖的东岸)

ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA RGB LED display, stainless steel frame
DATE Made in island6, Shanghai 2011
SIZE 119(W)×60(H)×8(D) cm | 46.85(W)×23.6(H)×3.1(D) inches
TECH SPECS 7× MW LPV-60-5 (INPUT 100-240V AC /1.2A 50/60 HZ - OUTPUT 5V/8.0A)
WEIGHT UNCRATED: 33.76 kg |74.27 lb • CRATED: 54.7 kg | 120.34 lb
CRATE SIZE 130(W)×70(H)×21(D) cm | 51.2(W)×27.6(H)×8.3(D) inches
EXPOSURE Exhibited in "Omen" and "Everyday Frenzies"
CREDITS Aima (performance) • Loo Ching Ling 吕晶琳 (video) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Pete Bradt (choreographer) • Clare Jacobson (production assistant) • Zhang Leihua 张雷华 (production coordination)

As a little girl, the red-haired beauty drifted blissfully in the cushioning embrace of Riddarfjärden’s warm waters. Safe in the big, gentle hands of her doting father who taught her to swim, she progressed slowly but surely – from the initial sputtering, bobbing and splashing to sleek, swift strokes cutting through the small waves in the easternmost bay of Lake Mälaren, in her birthplace of central Stockholm. Buoyed by her weekend swimming lessons with her father, she became a confident, joyful child, dreaming constantly of wonderful things in her future. She never, however, imagined that years later, her weekly swim outings would lead to her changing history for women in swimming. On summer’s day, at age 15, she went to the Riddarfjärden alone for the first time. A growing excitement swelled in her as she ran down the grassy path to the water’s edge. This day was brighter than any other. There was something special in the sweet, scented air. As she stood at on the banks of the lake, its waters lapping invitingly at her sun-warmed toes, her excitement transformed into an anticipatory nervousness. She took her time getting into the water, slowly peeling off each piece of clothing. The sun was hot, almost burning, on her skin. When she finally plunged into the sparkling waters of the bay, the warm sensuousness and sweet caresses of the lake awakened in her a strange yearning and an unspoken longing. She rose up to the water’s surface and floated languorously on her back, puzzling over the alien feelings coursing through her body. And at that moment, as the warm rays of sunlight dappled across her sinuous limbs, she suddenly realized that something deep in the core of her being had changed, and her life was going to be completely different from that day on. As she paddled slowly back to shore, the morning seemed to be more lushly beautiful than it had ever been. [Loo Ching Ling 吕晶琳]

STATUS Available. Please contact Red Gate Gallery (Beijing)
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