The legend of the burning bush is described in the Book of Exodus. Lit on fire yet not consumed by the flames, it is an eternal symbol for God’s mighty presence in the Old Testament. As one can observe in any shrine or temple around China, fire is of huge importance also in this part of the world’s religious cults. If not burned, gods and ancestors could not receive the offerings made. Linking together the Jewish-Christian myth with Chinese traditions, Liu Dao’s interpretation adds a local twist on the aspect by choosing an exotic tree from East Asia. Paper cutting and LED technology allow the artists to tell their very own story of flickering flames and glowing branches. [Katharina Droste]
N/A. Private collection, London.
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