Extinction And Revival

Yiwen Tu - United States of America

The extinction and revival of Chinese philosophy


Confucianism, Mohism, Taoism, Legalism, as four major philosophical systems, they debated with each other throughout history. In different periods of history, the emperor adopted different philosophies based on what social and political conditions they faced. When one dynasty was overthrown by another, the prevailing ideology was also replaced. I designed a poster representing each philosophic system and then fragmented them.


The destruction is a metaphor for heated debate and competition. The sculpture in the form of waves and flows represents the revival after extinction. While being revived, the once extinct philosophical system would renew itself by absorbing ideas from other systems. The original washes away and the new ideas are developed based on "the dead” or the antithesis.



Artwork Details

Installation - Various materials
Artwork Size - Width 61 | Height 123.2 | Depth 5
Created on 3 March 2019

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