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Important Surreal Motorcycle Sculpture - Chandiang River 750 by Shi Jindian

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Quantity: 1 Sculpture
Product Location: California, United States

Seller Description

This Important Surreal Motorcycle with Sidecar Sculpture - Chandiang River 750 by Shi Jindian was part of an insurance claim.  We have been asked to collect bids for the insurance company for the sale of this item.  The damage to this item occurred over a year ago and the sculpture was repaired and restored by the insurance company.  It has been kept in protective storage.  This is your opportunity to own a truly unique sculpture.

This is a lifesize replica of a BMW 750 Motorcycle circa WWII.  The insurance company paid $65,000 for this item to their insured and took possession of this piece to obtain a recovery on the money that was paid.  They have paid for the repairs to maximize their recovery.

The only part of this sculpture that still requires repair is the wood base - it has paint that is chipping and it is visible in one of the pictures that have been provided.

This is truly a very amazing, beautiful and unique sculpture.

The artist - Shi Jindian created a not-quite-replicas of the Chiangjiang [Yangtze] 750, a military bike based on a pre World Ware II BMW. It took him three years to make, but he found deep serenity in the toil. When people touched his sculptures, they also touched the state of mind that emerged from the labor of his hands with tranquility and calm.  This artist also created other works of art of musical instruments and people and many other items.  The sculptures by Shi Jindian are made of steel, light, transparent and ethereal.

Quote from the artist: “I don’t like hard, heavy materials like bronze, stone and clay. I have a fondness for fine and delicate things.”

Name of Artwork - "Chandiang River 750"

Artist - Shi Jindian   
b.Yuxi City, Yunan province, 1953

Weight - 280 Lbs /-

Measurements - Length 94.5" x Width 66.9" x Depth 41.3"

Material - Steel wire

Buyer is responsible for proper packing of this item.  It can also be picked up at its present location.

Various peoples reaction to this piece is of wonder:

  • "Ubelievable Detail!"
  • "..these works of Art are not only a pleasure to watch but also, to realize how much time, energy, passion and above all patience went ito them - Just WOW!"
  • "I want to ride this!"
  • "This is the only motorcycle that I want in my collection that I can't ride - truly amazing!"
  • "t looks surreal."
  • "t appears almost like a life size 3D CAD/CAM view of this motorcycle."
  • "What mastery - truly fantastic and incredible!"

Additional info about the artist and his work:

Say sculpture and most people think of something solid and opaque. Shi Jindian’s sculptures are made of steel, yet they are light, transparent, almost ethereal. After searching for years for “a material that was brand new, completely untraditional”, he settled on steel wires. By trial and error, he learned how to crochet the two-dimensional strands into three-dimensional forms, using tools of his own devising. His wire meshes start out as wrappings around some common object. When the mesh is complete, Shi Jindian destroys or extracts the object, leaving only its steel exoskeleton. The result, he says, is a kind of fiction, a virtual reality that can be walked around and touched.

Surrealist René Magritte painted a pipe along with the words: “This is not a pipe.” Shi Jindian does something similar in sculpture, making not-quite-replicas of items from musical instruments to machines. His Blue CJ750 (2008) is a replica of the Chiangjiang [Yangtze] 750, a military bike based on a pre-World War II BMW. It took him three years to make, but he found deep serenity in the toil. When people touch his sculptures, he says, they also touch “the state of mind that emerges from the labour of my hands: tranquillity and calm”.

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