Located between Stockton and Jackson street (Chinatown, San Francisco), “Chinese Still Life” is the new mural (4.5 x8m) by Italian Street Artist Ozmo. Initially oriented to represent a classic subject of the western pictorial tradition: a still life with skull and elements taken from two Baroque paintings, while he was painting, inspired by the persuasive force of the public context and animated by the intention to dialogue with the community that shares his intervention, he decided for a new powerful figuration.
So, between the typical elements of european still life and vanitas: the flower, the candle, the hourglass, the shell and the book, that represent dualism, the fragility of the existence and the inexorability of the time flowing; Ozmo put, it in the center of the composition, not a skull, but a Lucky Buddha.
The laughing Buddha, sitting on a turtle-dragon that lies on gold coins and bullion, bringing the qualities of the two creatures: the courage and the strength of the dragon, the stability and firmness of the turtle; it’s a symbol of happiness, good luck, abundance and wealth for the Chinese community.
Ozmo, combining the ideas arising during the moments of elaboration and images that already exist in the place where he operates, has created a work authentically site specific, in which the elements of different traditions coexist and talk together, looking for new meanings.
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