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Artificial Moon, 2007

Wang Yuyang’s Artificial Moon is an imposing sculptural piece with a diameter of over 4 meters. The installation recreates the earth’s moon and uses thousands of lightbulbs to simulate craters and other surface features of the much admired and celebrated earth satellite. For Noor Riyadh, Wang hangs his piece from a crane in a public desert space, an iconic Middle Eastern landscape. By placing the sculpture in a natural yet easily accessible location and by allowing visitors to walk around it, the artist enhances our connection to the work and casts a new light on our relationship with the moon. In a time in which science has regained a prominent role in defining people’s liberties, and recent Chinese space missions have reignited the public’s fascination with the moon, Wang speculates on the artificiality of media messages. With Artificial Moon, Wang Yuyang challenges our points of view and inspires a new appreciation of nature, as well as posing other questions relating to history, science and technology.


Wadi Hanifah Dam Park

Artificial Moon, 2007

Wang Yuyang


Wang Yuyang (b.1979) is a Chinese artist who creates works using emergent media but does not deliberately emphasize the novelty of technology. A graduate of China Central Academy of Drama and the Central Academy of Fine Arts, he has taught at the School of Experiment Art at the Central Academy of Fine Arts since 2008.

Solo exhibitions include Lucciole per lanterne, Museo Novecento, Florence (2019); The Moon, Massimo De Carlo, Hong Kong (2018); Singularity, Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku (2018); Lettering – Folklore of the Cyber World, Chronus Art Center, Shanghai (2015); and Liner, Copeland Park, London (2015). His work is displayed in prominent Chinese public collections such as the K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong; the Long Museum, Shanghai; Art Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing; and 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai.

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