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Nature, death and the life stream

Text and work: Yiping Li, China.

It is said that the custom of planting a cypress by the tomb began with the Qin Dynasty.During the Han Dynasty the cypress became part of the funeral concept in China.

Death makes man’s body parallel to the earth; his head and foot turn toward the source and the sea; the shadow of the cypress, like a man walking, shows dignity and evokes emotions. 

The work “Salamander” brings the upright cypress down to earth and reflects its shape in the shape of a living creature; the work examines the life stream creeping out of the tomb after the body has been buried.” 



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