Red Beacon is a recent work by Arne Quinze, a Belgian artist widely known for his chaotic wooden public art installations. Sited within a public park in downtown Shanghai, Red Beacon aims to “lure” passers-by into the park from the city. Quinze believes that “we live in an era where direct social interaction has been almost completely diminished.” His ambition is to create work that sparks public conversations… perhaps conversations under red canopies of aggregated wooden sticks.
The installation is made of 55 tons of wood which seems crazy and wasteful at first. But for every tree cut down for this project, a tree was planted. And when this installation is disassembled, the 55 tons of wood will be distributed to 26 different construction sites.
Can you imagine being a structural engineer assigned to this project?