The Everlasting Moment on the Plain
Jing’an Sculpture Park
Three sculptures are on view. One, by American sculptor Peter Woytuk, depicts a herd of corpulent cows lolling in the grass. “The Everlasting Moment on the Plain” is meant to be interactive. On the afternoon we visited, couples were posing with the obliging cattle for photographs while children clambered and slid on their sloping backs. “Public art shows a city’s culture. It elevates quality of life and also becomes part of the daily life of citizens,” says Zheng Jiashi, member of the Shanghai Urban Sculpture Committee and Vice Director of Shanghai Sculpture Space. As Shanghai gears up for the World Expo 2010, the city is exercising its aesthetic voice through a proliferation of public art, including numerous art parks. A combination of art appreciation and green space, these parks are sprouting up in the shadows of the city’s elevated highways and scaffolding. Jing’an Sculpture Park (Beijing Xi Lu and Datian Lu 北京西路近大田路), though still under construction, currently boasts two grassy areas bordered by wide benches and connected by a long walkway.