’49 Days No. 1′ one of twelve monumental sculptures by Zhang Huan, is comprised of salvaged bricks collected from demolition sites surrounding Shanghai. The eleven foot tall pig bearing a house on its back alludes to Zhu Gangqiang, or the ’Cast – Iron Pig,’ now famous for having survived 49 days under rubble following China’s 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Upon hearing the story of its fortitude, Zhang negotiated the pig’s purchase, adopted it, employed a full time care-taker and made its likeness a central component of his body of work.
Zhang Huan: 49 Days No. 1, 2011 / Blum & Poe, Los Angeles. Presented at Art Public, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011.