Zhipeng Tan is a fascinating Chinese master artisan, plastic artist and designer that dedicated his life to the ancient and endangered technique of lost-wax casting. He graduated from the China Academy of Art and since then he decided to merge his interest in his heritage and in organic forms to create his art pieces. Tan soon discovered that the ancient foundry process of lost-wax casting was the best way to do so.
Tan’s inspiration emerges from nature (water drops, tree roots) but also from the human figure (spinal cords, pelvic structures). His sublime and exclusive Lily collection marries the beauty of botanic and the human body. Thanks to the contrasts in his artistic influences, his work travels to the reign of surreal or even abstract, despite keeping its functionality.
There is no doubt that the 33 Step chair is his most visceral work. The name of the chair comes from the 33 vertebrae in the human spine. This innovative artwork inverts the natural structure of the human body, using the pelvis as the seat and resting the cervical vertebrae on the floor.
Although we don’t remember it often, the pelvis is the central part of the human skeletal structure, uniting the spine and the legs. It is also a symbol of femininity and motherhood, since it is a “basket” for the female reproductive organs and the place from which humanity is born.
Using a golden coloration on the chair creates a sensation of luxury that is often present classical sculptures. Maybe it is celebrating the conception, the birth of mankind. Although this myth is common in many cultures, China also places maternity in a crucial status in their mythology.
Tan Zhipeng is one of the best international artists supported by the art Gallery All. His works of art were showcased in several editions of the best art exhibitions in the world, like Design Miami/, The Salon Art+Design and Collective Design. We can’t wait for another chance to admire his extraordinary art pieces up close.
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