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Hundreds turn up for opening of Sun Xun's Reconstruction of the Universe

A cool sea breeze bathed hundreds of revelers who turned out to see a massive video installation by Beijing-based artist Sun Xun near the W South Beach hotel Tuesday night. 

3D glasses were handed out for the 9-minute-and-change film, based largely on woodcuts and scroll paintings. The illuminated installation, sponsored by Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet, was housed in a specially built bamboo pavilion between 21st and 22nd streets on Miami Beach Drive. The exhibit was originally supposed to debut during Art Basel in Hong Kong in March but proved complicated to construct. It takes its inspiration from the five traditional elements of Chinese cultural tradition: metal, wood, fire, water and earth.

Reconstruction of the Universe is open to the public from Dec. 1 through Dec. 3 between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. It is best seen at night.

Nicholas Nehamas
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