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Originally created in 1965 by  a group of students and teachers at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, “Rent Collection Courtyard” is a series of over 100 sculptures depicting a scene of peasant farmers being exploited by a wealthy, pre-communist landowner. Fast becoming a symbol of the cultural revolution, the sculptures were remade by Zhao Shutong, Wang Guanyi and The Rent Collection Courtyard Collective in 1974 to 1978, this time out of copper-plated fiberglass so that the sculptures could be shown all over china. The scene is currently being exhibited in it’s entirety at Gwangju Art Biennale 2010. The scale and detail of this masterpiece is astounding, images from DesignBoom.

 

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