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Mythical Creature Exhibition | Guardian of Harmony

Five Elements, Five Directions --- Guardian of Harmony

Mythical Creature Exhibition

August 19-30, 2021
South Coast Plaza, CA
Carousel Court 2nd Level

Five elements: Wood, fire, earth, metal, and water.
Five directions: Dragon of the East, Tiger of the West, Phoenix of the South, Xuanwu of the North, and Qilin of the Center.

Associated with the four quadrants of the vault of heaven are the Azure Dragon of the East, the Vermillion Bird of the South, the White Tiger of the West, and the Black Tortoise of the North; in the center is the Qilin (unicorn). Each region corresponds to one of the five elements: metal (west), wood (east), water (north), fire (south), and earth (center).

Moving across the night sky, the stars connect all life to the five elements. When the universe and elements are aligned, harmony ensues.

When we understand our connection to others and our place in the universe, peace and harmony fill our lives.

Exhibition Artwork Gallery


This installation demonstrates the ancient glass-making technique known as “lost-wax casting” (pâte de verre), and adopts the theme of mythical creatures. Each piece undergoes a comprehensive twelve-step process and each new design requires six to eight months to complete. LIULI produces a limited number of pieces, so as to foster an environment where our artists are constantly engaged in the creation process and remain relevant to the society we care about. Each piece of LIULI artwork comes with a dedicated poem, telling its unique story, imparting a blessing, inspiring conversation, and connecting the viewer with the heart of the artist.

Thousands of years ago humans lived in close communities, each of which had its own ideas surrounding the powerful and mysterious forces of nature. Their faith and imagination were centered around these forces—animals, mountains, oceans, sky—resulting in the creation of a wide variety of symbols and images. Imbued with faith, wisdom, and selfless love, each image is the tangible manifestation of a profound wish for peace, prosperity, and well-being for all sentient beings.

5 Elements Crystal Artwork

This exhibition is free and open to the public.

For a video or in-person guided tour, please contact LIULI Gallery to schedule an appointment.

LIULI Gallery at South Coast Plaza
T 714.436.8888 | E-mail: scpgallery@liuliusa.com
#2041, 3333 Bristol Street, CA

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Artist/Founder Loretta H. Yang leads a team of experienced artisans to create arts that honor the richness of cultural heritage and value.

Step No. 1: Design and sculpting

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Step 2 of the process involves coating our original clay sculpture in silicone. Layer after layer (3 to 7 layers) is fastidiously coated to produce a negative mold, a crucial step in capturing the prevision of the sculpture. Each layer must dry completely before additional layer is applied, thickness must be uniform to prevent leakage of wax. Once complete, the clay is removed to reveal a negative silicone mold.

Step No. 2: Silicone molding

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Pour molten wax into the negative silicone mold.

Step No. 3: Infusion of molten wax. Fill wax into a negative mold.

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Once wax has solidified and cooled, release the wax form by carefully peeling back the silicone mold. Like a butterfly molting, the silicon is shed to reveal a positive wax form.

Step No. 4: Shedding of silicon mold to obtain the wax form

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A careful refinement of the wax sculpture. Because every microinch and subtlety plays its own role in the grand scheme of beauty. Our artists refine the wax mold to its final perfection.

Step No. 5: Wax form refinement; removing imperfections

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The wax mold is placed on a wooden plank in a metal container and plaster is poured and solidified. Embedding wax form with fire-resistant plaster.

Step No. 6: Coating the wax sculpture with plaster to form a refractory mold

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Wax is steamed out of the plaster under high heat yielding a negative plaster mold.

Step No. 7: Removal of wax with steam—the essence of the “lost-wax” process

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Liuli ingredients are created through unique firing and processing of glass. Color and size appropriate pieces are placed within the plaster and fired.

Step No 8: Choosing color; kiln firing

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Fire and melt. Under intense heat, a new vision of transparency and clarity is born.

Step No. 9: Re-firing at 1,400 degrees Celsius

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Extreme patience and care are necessary when removing the plaster to prevent damage.

Step No. 10: Removal of plaster mold

When the art pieces emerge, our masters step in to carefully chip away the plaster mold. Like excavating fragile archaeological relics, one false move and you're left with broken shards.

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First comes die-cutting - smoothing the crystal down to the last microinch. Rough polish, removal of excess support, refinement and fine surface polish with a high-speed fabric wheel.

Step No. 11: Retouching of details; burnishing and polishing

Our artist refines and re-polishes each and every detail yet again.

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An etched number on the base of each piece indicates its limited edition and reminds us to never stop creating. After the engraving - an official LIULI artwork is born.

Step No.12: Final inspection; etching of serial number; packaging