Chinese art collective Made In Company (Xu Zhen) have produced a rather unsightly yet inconspicuous art installation on display in Vancouver, Canada. Outside the downtown Shangri-La Hotel, lies a large rectangle of rubble. However these are no ordinary remnants from a demolition site.
When you step on the surface amid all the debris and broken bricks, the ground begins to wobble bouncing up and down like a giant water bed. The installation titled Calm signifies the the inert reaction that follows a violent event while also, rather playfully challenging the onlookers perception of reality.
“Calm alludes to the stillness that follows a disaster, while simultaneously embodying the threat of latent and imminent danger that precedes a proverbial storm. The piece’s ambiguity questions ways of observing, believing and understanding facts, reminding us that truth is not always what it seems.”