Long-Bin Chen’s Buddhas Are Full Of Surprises

by on August 24, 2015


   At first glance, Taiwanese artist Long-Bin Chen‘s sculptural portraits of the Buddha appear to be carved from traditional materials like marble and wood. They’re not.

   The myriad masterpieces at the core of his ‘World Buddha Project’ are actually carved from outdated phone books. Cutaways in his sculptures are left ‘open’ to reveal his secret medium to unsuspecting viewers.

   Chen intends for his work to be symbols of the uneasy space where the East meets West. The Buddha embraces the names in the phone book, but at the same time, the decapitated heads of the Buddha also represent the looted culture of the East that has been re-appropriated by the West.