Right from the start there is much to love and admire about this series of work by artist Zheng Lu. His ‘Water in Dripping’ steel calligraphy gives a simply gorgeous effect. The irony is that they appear to be splashes of water, but are in fact formed out of steel, a rather solid structure.
Born and raised in China, Zheng Lu grew up in a literary family where a love of calligraphy was ingrained from an early age. He had long been fascinated with water, and so has merged the unrelated concepts to create these stunning metallic splashes.
To make each of his installations, he first starts with a base of plaster that has thousands of laser-cut Chinese characters gradually added to it. He then decides if the pieces should be freestanding, mounted on a pedestal, or suspended in the air. No matter how they rest or hang, they are beautiful.