"The Scholar's Garden" Kite by Michael Thompson

2019
$5,380 USD
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Dimensions
W: 72.0" D: 1.5" H: 48.0"
Materials
Bamboo
Paper
Purchase Quantity
Collection #
CMT179
Estimated Shipping
$188

Chicago-based artist Michael Thompson creates unique kites crafted from split bamboo frames covered with stretched muslin and a collage of vintage Asian ephemera—including fragments of fabric, scrolls, drawings, and books collected during his travels. In this neutral-toned kite, Thompson recreates the pensive tranquility of strolling through a traditional scholar's garden, cultivated to soothe the mind and inspire creative thoughts. Gentle curves and narrow corridors guide the eye across the kite, past delicate landscapes and torn parchment resembling sculptural lingbi stones.

Thompson has earned an international reputation for his kite works, an engrossing project initiated by the artist more than a decade ago.

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