"FU LU SHOU, FOUNTAIN OF BLESSINGS" - XIN TIAN DI, SHANGHAI
Xin Tian Di is a shopping, eating and entertainment district of Shanghai, China. It is an area composed of restored traditional Shikumen ("stone gate") houses on narrow alleys. Most of the cafes and restaurants feature both indoor and outdoor seating. Xin Tian Di has an active nightlife on weekdays as well as weekends, though romantic settings are more common than loud music and dance places. Xin Tian Di, meaning "New Heaven and Earth" in Chinese, is considered one of the first lifestyle centers in China.
The area was developed by Shui On Land during the redevelopment of the surrounding area, when similar Shikumen houses were demolished wholesale. The houses in Xin Tian Di were then restored, and now house a theater, art galleries, cafes, and restaurants. As Xin Tian Di becomes one of the main attractions in Shanghai, it attracts domestic and overseas visitors and tour groups who seek to experience the romanticized atmosphere of old Shanghai.
Wu Ching Ju’s creation, “Fountain of Blessings” or “Fu Lu Shou” is located at the central square of Xintiandi.The sculpture group shows three traditional Chinese mythological figures: the Gods of Prosperity, Fortune and Longevity. Paintings and sculptures of these three figures in traditional style can be found in most temples and many households all over China. Without compromising tradition, Wu Ching Ju has succeeded to interpret them in a her own contemporary style.
All year round, every day, rain or sun, the sculpture group attracts thousands of visitors and is now probably the most photographed work of contemporary art in China.
"Terra Natura" - Lu Jia Zui, financial district, shanghai
Pro Terra et Natura is a monumental installation of two bronzes (thirteen meters high) in the central park of the Shanghai Financial District. With the creation (2011) of Terra Natura, Wu intended to make a call for awareness of the deteriorating state of the natural environment. The two expressive bronze figures representing the gentle spirits of Mother Earth and of Nature capture the serenity, hope and harmony that draw on the artist’s lifetime love of nature, expressing purity, innocence and vulnerability.
“The world is not ours to own..
it was given to us in custody,
to live on in harmony with nature...
But we are about to recklessly destroy what has been given...
Nature is without defences...
Governments alone cannot be held responsible ...
Real change must start with you and me.”
Wu Ching Ju, 2011
"Qing Tong Tang” - Shen yang tian di, Shen yang
Shen Yang Tian Di is a vast property development in the Northern Shenyang with hotels, residential buildings, shops, theaters...etc.
When Wu Ching Ju was commissioned to create an iconic work for the central square of this development, she traveled to Shenyang and immersed herself in the local history and culture. The fountain sculpture group that she then sculpted is at the same time a view into the past and the present while maintaining unique elements of the local culture and traditions.