Earthquake was created in 2008 to commemorate the Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan Province on May 12, 2008. It is one of Huang Rui's classical works that has been exhibited many times around the world.
Around the same time, Huang Rui built the Cloud House at the outskirts of Beijing in 2006, using materials from the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasty buildings that had been demolished during the modern planning in the ancient cities of Beijing. In 2018, he donated the Cloud House to the local government. And with their support, a Hong Kong foundation is turning it into an art exchange center.
Just like the architectural space left after the earthquake, the human existence is getting more fragile in the increasingly upgraded material society, which is shown in Huang Rui’s works. It is incredible that the Taoist concepts which most ignore the material properties still exist. As Wang Wei wrote in his poem: Go and ask of the world nothing more. White clouds will drift on for all the time.