Little Boy
Stainless Steel

This artwork uses mechanical stainless steel parts to create a shark shaped sculpture. Its various symbols and components of the work show the death and slaughter of sharks. The work also depicts the death of the human soul, as described in Xia Hang’s poem:

3 meters of shell
4 tons of metal
7 degrees of death
On a August morning, maybe not morning
Because of the earth
We are bound for progress
But the soul has died along the way
Reincarnate, reincarnate
Killing to stop killing


Born in 1978 in the Northeast region of China, Xia Hang graduated in 2009 from the sculpture department of Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts. His works, made of polished stainless steel, can be assembled and disassembled, exploring multiple configurations and possibilities of form and meaning.

Moscow image credit: Natasha Polskaya

Xia Hang - little Boy - Beijing 2015
Little Boy - Xia Hang - Moscow 2015