Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Australian National Maritime Museum, sculpture

"Downward Force on Upward Moving Objects", is one of a pair of sculptures located at the entrances of the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour. They were created in 2018 by Wang Luyan as part of the "On Sharks & Humanity" exhibition based on one of his earlier works. They both consist of fibreglass buoys and weights made of stainless steel with man-made rust which work in tension and opposition. The buoys float above imaginary water with weights pressing down on imaginary waves. They reflect the concepts of paradox and contradiction by presenting with irony and sarcasm human greed and uncontrollable desire. With this complex system of paradox, the viewers experience and internalise the despair and the destruction that sharks and other marine species are facing because of human greed.


  1. Without your explanation I wouldn't have had a clue what it was all about. Although with the explanation I'm still not that sure!

    1. I think I'm in the same boat as you, Fun 60 (pardon the pun). ;)

  2. Perfect elements for an Australian beach: The buoys, water, waves and sharks.

  3. ...human greed is a problem that seems to be without a solution.

  4. Australia has a lot of interesting artworks as you show us here another great example.

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    1. It is quite modern, Francisco. I'm glad you like it.


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