Landscape in Heaven
Landscape in Heaven is an important piece by Li Chen in 2001, and is a part of the Spiritual Journey through the Great Ether. The “golden mountain and silver sea” in Landscape in Heaven represent the materialistic lifestyle. However, after the thrill materialism subsides, a great sense of emptiness and loss of direction often takes over. Therefore, the artist hopes to convey the message of deeper reflection on the meaning of life and value of existence through this piece. Li Chen also believes that the perfect life encompasses not only the satisfaction of material needs but also the pursuit of an inner spiritual life. “Golden Mountain and silver sea” represents material life, while “Buddha” icon represents spiritual life. When we reach a balance between the two essential elements, the paradise could be reached. Then we could enjoy life freely with satisfaction in both material and spiritual life. This, is a perfect state.