I felt the sculpture has clearly protrayed a sense of agony and remorse. In addition, what struck me was the words printed on the plaque next to the sculpture. I could not remember the exact words, but it was very nice that Mr John Cheung has quoted the words and shared it with me in his email. Please take a moment to read the statement:
Since the new Millennium, we keep hearing news of unending carnages and man-made catastrophes all over the world. This artwork expresses the feeling of agony that humanity is on a sinking descent, even dragging down the animal species from which the human species descents. We all have to play our part to do something about this. This cannot be Man’s fate.
As I reflect upon these words, I could not help but think of wars, acts of terrorism and man-made destructions of the environment.
The statement has made me ponder for a while...
Mr John Cheung also pointed out in his email:
"The Descent of Man" is originally the title of biologist Charles Darwin's book about evolution, and how the human species are descent from a variety of animal species. In my artwork, I use the other meaning of 'descent', which is a downward movement.
Question of the day: What response did you have when you saw this sculpture?