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Mao Tongqiang – Tools – 30,000 Axes, Hammers & Sickles

Mao Tongqiang’s Tools, which comprises of some 30,000 used sickles and hammers, were gathered by Mao and his associates over the course of three years from 2006 to 2008 from various parts of China.  The choice of sickle and hammer was a deliberate one. For a Chinese audience, these are, first and foremost, common tools. Yet, they are amongst the most potent symbols in China for they form the emblem of the Chinese Communist Party. First used in the early 20th century and later incorporated into the flag of the Soviet Union, the hammer was regarded as the symbol of the industrial proletariat whilst the sickle represented the agricultural peasantry.


September 5, 2008 - Posted by | Art Exhibitions, Artists, News, raw art gallery, Uncategorized | , , , ,

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