By Zheng Chongbin
Material : Stoneware ceramic, wood
Location : Marina Bay Sands Hotel Atrium (Interior and exterior)
Duration : Permanent
Collection : Marina Bay Sands
Dimensions : 3m tall, 1,200kg, 4,000sqm
Rising Forest is a ceramic sculpture composed of 83 massive, glazed, stoneware ceramic vessels occupying approximately 4,000 square metres in the Hotel Atrium. Each vessel weighs 1,200 kilograms and measures 3 metres tall. Every vessel holds a tree, creating a “canopy” of trees across the interior and exterior areas of the Hotel Atrium. The vessels are so large that the artist had to build a customized kiln the size of a small building. Ceramics of this size are rarely made and fired in one piece. The ceramic pieces were made in Yixing, China, known for its artistry and high-quality ceramics since the 11th century. The clay was mined from a special quarry in the Yellow Dragon Mountain and was aged for five years. Each vessel required 15–20 days to complete by hand using the coil construction method. Although each vessel is unique, Mr. Zheng and his artisans worked to ensure that the vessels conformed to his design specifications for the sculpture.