March 16, 2015
Janice Morton

Welcome to Jing'an Sculpture Park!  A haven of 110 acres located just north of Beijing Road.  Above you can see both the bright red of Belgian artist Arne Quinze's "Red Beacon" tree like structure and the as of yet unopened new Natural History Museum.

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The park was opened in 2007 and the sculpture exhibits began in 2010 in conjunction with the World Expo here in Shanghai that year.  This outdoor museum is full of large scale sculptures and available for the bargain price of free!

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A portion of the sculptures here in the park are from the original exhibition but much is also new.

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These exciting explorations of scale provide an interesting contrast within this big city.

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But no matter how small and cute you are, there's still no going on the grass.  This curious little one was quickly whistled off.

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This was one of a collection of pieces where musical instruments were sliced up and reconstructed back together in interesting ways.

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This is one of the original installations.  Titled "Ostrich Hide and Seek" this 2010 piece is by LPlus1 of Belgium.

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Next up is the Urban Fox by British designer Alex Rinsler.  At 7 meters high and 8 meters wide, it sits atop a red shipping container.  The artist has been quoted as being inspired by the rise in the number of foxes moving into urban areas of Britain from their traditional homes in the countryside.  His focus is to promote harmony between animals and humans within the city.  The fox's wary expression is meant to convey the anxiety migrant workers feel upon arrival in a big city.

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Another of the original installations is the steel "Tour" by Belgian astist Wim Delvoye.  This 40 foot tall faux Gothic style structure originally graced the entrance of the Peggy Guggenheim collection at the Grand Canal during the 2009 Venice Biennale and then in Paris in front of the Musée Rodin the following year before coming to rest here in 2010.

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The park is also home to more than 300 trees.  Some of the 124 cherry trees in the park were just coming into bloom, a magical sight.  All of this greenery is part of a larger plan.  According to the Shanghai Greenery Administrative Bureau, the greenery in the park can absorb the heat expelled by 1,500 air-conditioners. 

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A beautiful and centrally placed park providing both inspiration and calming for the city's busy residents.

Next stop, an important one, the city center, People's Square Park!

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