Into the Fog

Beijing fog

Dongsi Shitiao on an October afternoon, 2014

My first two days in Beijing have been mostly indoors, hiding out from the thick air outside. Yesterday I went to see Xia Xiaowan’s exhibit at the Galerie Urs Miele and had a chance to talk to him about his work.

Stunning, imaginative, and thought-provoking. He has a sketch for a public sculpture that would be a slab of glass tilted into the pavement, in which he would paint 3D goldfish into the glass layers, and then the portion tipped into the pavement would be dipped in a pool with real goldfish swimming around. Wish I could commission that work to be made!

Theme of subway conversations overheard: housing prices.