Kun Zhang - Interview
It was a tragedy that inspired Kun Zhang to create this sculpture, entitled Angel. “In 2008 there was a major earthquake in China,” he writes. “That earthquake destroyed at least 60,000 people. The force of the quake and the rescue team touched me deeply. Those angels of mercy devoted themselves to saving survivors. Their efforts reminded me of God’s angels looking after humanity in time of tragedy.”
The copper piece, which stands just under two feet, weighs a little more than 18 pounds, is very typical of Zhang’s style. His popular Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center SculptureWalk 2010 piece, Elegant Lady, has similar lines and a similar look and feel as Angel. Zhang says these pieces are good representatives of his work and his style. “This sculpture incorporates elements of traditional Chinese culture with a modern twist,” he writes. “However, I do not limit myself to figure compositions or bronzes. I like exploring different ways to represent my ideas.” Zhang does admit he is an eclectic artist and tries to think out of the box when designing his latest sculptures.
Zhang is the Dean of the Shaanxi Institute of Sculpture in China and is a National Master Fine Arts sculptor who specializes in City Sculpture, Northwestern Folk Art and Statuary. In the last 25 years, he has created more than 200 pieces, displayed throughout China and his most recent sculpture was on display at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Park.
When looking at Angel, Zhang “hopes viewers will find solace and get the feeling that Avera McKennan and its dedicated staff truly care about its patients and their families.”