We are on the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0. AI, robotics, 3D printing, and big data is accelerating the development of our physical world, but yet we still live in such divisive time. Terrorism and violent protesting caused by divisive and destructive politics around the world is destroying infrastructures, historical heritage and most importantly, the relationship between people with different interests. There is an urgent need to deliver the idea of a reunion, connecting and equality through art and design, to build our future with peace and constructive emotions.
This 3D printed Buddha sculpture is modelled based on a 14th century Tibetan buddha statue and embodied with a projection of a blooming flower from his mind. The upper five petals represent the five oceans, and the lower seven petals represent the seven continents. This mixed media sculpture emphasises that everything is subject to the circle of life and all the living beings as one body: we birth, growth, decline, decay, rebirth together, and so on. Therefore no matter which future we are heading to, we are equal and connected.