Sculpture Park

Nicholas Quirke was thinking he had visited most of the Parks in the municipality of Beijing on 5 February 2021. When he discovered that there was a sculpture park in the west of the city he had not been to and he immediately made plans to go. Fortunately the day held little for him in the way of activities and he made sure that once a morning of exercise and preparing lunch was out of the way he journeyed forth. As the park was located close Yuquan Lu Station on line 1 he decided to cycle to Fuxingman and get the train from there. As he approached a junction he was not sure whether to turn left and go straight on and he was pleased with his attempt to get directions from the traffic officers who sent him on the right path. The remainder of the journey was simple and even the entry into the park was smooth, though evident from the glances that it had been a while since a Laowai had traversed the paths and lingered appreciatively around the sculptures. There was representation of artist from all around the world, though mostly they hailed from China and Russia. Oddly the Russian efforts were easy to identify as they appeared to very classical in form and rigorously figurative. He was also quite surprised to have a hard time locating any uk artists and it was only as he neared the exit that he found an example. The park itself appeared to be an extremely functional space in which to display over 200 examples of work in a variety of materials. The skyline of apartment blocks, building sites and a cranes provided an interesting if stark backdrop to view the sculptures against His favourite pieces were all homegrown, though the appealingly comic ‘Camel in Mirage’ was the product of Mongolian artist Ts. Amgalang. He spent a good two hours exploring the park before retiring to a nearby recommended cafe which had an interesting western bohemian feel to it. The afternoon drifted away and it was not till after 5pm that he made his way back home. No evening would be complete without a film and tense German study of mother/son control ‘Lara’ was a haunting and salutary tale to digest before it was time to sleep.

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