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Dishu: Ground Calligraphy in China

Ground Calligraphy in China

Francois CHASTANET (Author)

Dokument Press, 2013
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Thousands of calligraphers operate daily in Chinese public spaces, practising the art of Dishu, in which they use the ground as canvas. This is the first survey on contemporary calligraphic practices in Chinese public spaces, documented in 2011 in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenyang. It takes the form of a photographic essay, which traces the roots of this phenomenon and its development in Chinese society, analyses the do-it-yourself tools designed for street lettering and explores its possible transposition into other writing cultures.
Have you ever seen Chinese people drawing Chinese characters on the ground with an enormous brush and water instead of ink, in a park, under a sunny sky? This ephemeral art, called 'dishu', is just amazing, and this wonderful book by French architect and graphic designer Francois Chastanet proposes to share with us those rare instants of street art. We also like the last pages, dedicated to photos of giant brushes realized by people with scrap.
ISBN: 9789185639595
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Sizes: 158x238mm
Publication: 6/2013
Weight: 675g

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