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China - McDonald (Flowers and Birds)

Li Lihong (1974– ), China-McDonald (Flowers and Birds), 2008, porcelain, 14 1/2 x 18 x 5 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by Curtis Atkisson and Andrew and Sandy Lai.

LI LIHONG (1974– )

Chinese ceramic artist Li Lihong grew up in the village of Dezhen Jin, the producer of royal china porcelain for nearly 1,000 years. A commercial designer, Lihong also teaches ceramics at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Art. This piece is one of a series of works that take the form of McDonald’s golden arches, a globally famous brand emblem. Through the combination of the McDonald’s theme and carefully crafted, traditionally painted porcelain, Lihong sparks a dialogue on cross-cultural exchanges and opens a conversation between precious object and consumer commodity.

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