Back in 2006 during the filming of Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest Part IV, YANG Fudong passed Jiaxiang in Shandong Province, a city well known for its resource of blue stone. Blue stone (a kind of stone materials) is an abundant specialty in the local area. Chinese kylin is deemed as a propitious animal as well as a quintessential product model of the carving plant. The local people and their entire life centering around stone carving touched the artist. 2008, he creates Blue Kylin 1, and then some other versions of Blue Kylin series were adapted in the passing years. It truly reflects the current living conditions of stone carving workers at Shandong Blue Stone Carving Plant. With an aim of making their lives known to more people, the artist focuses on the low-class labors in North China. And it fully displays the humane care and social responsibility of modern art. Under the harsh local living conditions, those carving workers single-mindedly devote themselves to working hard just to make ends meet instead of paying attention to art; though they, in fact, have been doing things related to art in their daily lives. It can be too extravagant to talk about art here.
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