Book from the Sky 天书
1987-1991

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Exhibited: Three Installations by Xu Bing, Elvehjem Museum of Art, Wisconsin
Materials: Mixed media installation / Hand-printed books and scrolls printed from blocks inscribed with ''false'' characters.

An installation that took Xu Bing over four years to complete, A Book from The Sky is comprised of printed volumes and scrolls containing four thousand ''false'' Chinese characters invented by the artist and then painstakingly hand-cut onto wooden printing blocks.