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Pair of birds weighing 20 tons created from construction debris

Massive 'Phoenix' exhibit at MASS MoCA

Two massive birds, named Feng and Huang, are suspended from the ceiling in Xu Bing’s “Phoenix” installation at MASS MoCA. (Hideo sakata)
Two massive birds, named Feng and Huang, are suspended from the ceiling in Xu Bing’s “Phoenix” installation at MASS MoCA. (Hideo sakata)
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This is the most amazing thing,” said the middle-aged lady in sneakers and polo shirt. Standing with her friends at the entrance to Building 5, this woman wasn’t a museum tour guide. She wasn’t an art historian. But, on a recent rainy Monday afternoon, she couldn’t wait to show her friends “The Phoenix Project.” When the monumental artwork by Xu Bing, one of China’s most prominent contemporary artists, was installed at MASS MoCA last fall, ...

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