says that before departing towards his last reincarnation, Buda decided to form
a zodiac and gathered all animals in Nature promising them a sign of the zodiac
according to the order of their arrival. Only twelve answered his call: a Rat, a
Tiger, a Rabbit, a Dragon, a Snake, a Horse, a Goat, a Monkey, a Rooster, a Dog
and a Pig. The Chinese Horoscope is made of these twelve animals, ruled by the
five vital elements in chinese philosophy: fire, wood, water, earth, air and
metal. They are also ruled by the cardinal points, the four seasons and the
months of the year.
space used on a real scale approaches this relationship towards a more tangible
and conscious plane of everyday life. It represents one of the twelve quarters
inside a circular space, showing one of twelve animals in the chinese zodiac:
the Snake. The character portrayed in the photographic image represents this
animal. This image is accompanied by the snake's hissing and the sound of the
water, an element with a direct influence on this character.
real instalation is made up of twelve spaces in which the animals are
distributed in a circular way, each one having their own features and the
influence of natural elements, months cardinal points and seasons, as the
chinese see them.
quarter would represent an animal with its predominant element, with the
background of a main image of a character representing each sign. On each side
of the image, which would be in the center of the quarter, are the twelve signs
written in chinese idiograms. According to the chinese, all signs are
interrelated and each one of them somehow influence the life of the people under
quarter has its own hearing sense: the characteristic sounds of the animal
representing the sign along with the predominant elements of each sign.
quarters are placed around a
main circle, which gives us a global vision of the chinese horoscope.
Each quarter is oriented towards the cardinal point that directly influences it,
along with the sign's predominant element, be it fire, water, wood, metal or
the circle that links all entrances we feel every animal and every predominant
element and this gives us the possibility to see a specific animal with all the
sounds generated by the animals and elements in the other quarters. Thus we feel
that the whole chinese zodiac (not only animals, elements, cardinal points,
seasons, months, the date and hour of birth) is related to each one of us,
establishing our pattern of life and personality.
Lima, July 2000.