The Collection: Directional Clarity
In ancient Chinese astrology, the “vermilion bird” is the divine mythological creature which guards the southern cardinal compass direction. This bird, however, is not in fact the phoenix that is perhaps be one of the most popularly represented deities in Eastern culture. The bird represents the South and has been named Ling Guang in folklore. Here the creature is dances with flames for the fire element it represents when correlated with the Chinese five principles system of geomancy. The orb on which it is sculpted represents the heavens, with etchings of ancient star maps thereon. And representing fire, it carries the elegance and virtues of rebirth and grace. 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.
此系列作品，五靈獸均徜徉於一塑有星宿的球體上，球體，象徵天地宇宙，是生命、是希望， 提醒自我對宇宙自然的關照，明白四時有序、耕耘收藏，和諧共處的智慧。球體上塑有星宿，說明方位，指引方向，引領我們清楚，下一步，怎麼走，並因為知道了位置，步步是妙草吉花， 處處是好人間、好前程、好時勢、好風水、好力量。