After reading a catalog of Xu Bing's installations from Elvehjem Museum of Art, I was overwhelmed by the tremendous scale and energy they carry. I was determined to put the Book in our three-floor space.With the help of the internet, I found Xu Bing via my postings in some newsgroups and the rest is history. Now I put the result of our labor back on the net.
The current installation of the Book is the largest since the piece was made in 1989. It is monumental in scale yet graceful in its rendering. It is minimal in its totality yet highly detailed in every component. It is funny because of its "meaninglessness" yet profound when one starts pondering about its implications. I am still amazed to see how the artist rendered so many opposing forces in one single sweep! To experience all this, you have to wander in the piece for yourself.