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This work is the result of Gu’s decade old project that consists of 50 stone steles to be carved with the artist’s own contemporary version of Tang poems.
“Conceived in 1993, Forest of Stone Steles, Retranslation & Rewriting of Tang Poetry is a large scale installation by Gu Wenda. The work takes both Chinese-English and English-Chinese translations of fifty Tang poems as its subject, and through imprecise translations and re-translations of the language, Gu Wenda demonstrates how language across cultures cannot be translated. This points to the many puzzles and problems that have arisen out of the globalization of contemporary human cultures.
Since its completion, the Forest of Stone Steles has been exhibited in a handful of locations in Australia, America and Hong Kong."