Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Picture of the Day: Artistic Umbrella

A fantastic drawing of the protests -- in the shape of an umbrella!
My friend YTSL showed me a picture she took of an amazing black and white drawing shaped like an umbrella and inside it was an artistic recording of the many incidents that have happened in over seven weeks.

Entitled Umbrella Revolution, there's the Time magazine image of the man holding two umbrellas, Lion Rock, Umbrella Man, the bus in Mongkok that was covered in messages, numerous tents, Chinese President Xi Jinping holding an umbrella (three times) -- and even Jesus, and Hong Kong Police spokesman Steve Hui Chun-tak, who gives police briefings at 4pm with a clock drawn behind him. Musician Kenny G couldn't not escape this artist's satirical hand, drawn with a sign that says "I [heart] RMB".
Similar in style to this Northern Song Dynasty painting?

There's also a study corner, protesters and police clashing in Mongkok, and the umbrella is outlined with barricades and traffic cones.

I can't help but think this is the 2014 version of the famous Along the River during the Qingming Festival from the Northern Song Dynasty. The scene depicts people crossing the bridge as well as people on boats, depicting everyday life.

A case of art imitating art -- minus the satire?

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