Hybrid Sculpture in Zhongshan Park

Composed at December 15, 2014 - 10:08 pm, filed in Travelling, from FLTA

Hybrid Sculpture in Zhongshan Park


The Hybrid Sculpture is a restored piece of artwork originally set up in the Chinese Public Garden (Huaren Garden) in 1890 and destroyed in 1966 during the "Cultural Revolution" after having been kept in Zhognshan Park for 40 years.

Allegedly imported from the Great Britain, it was sculptured in the shape of a western mythological hybrid, with a pair of stretched-out bird wings on the back of a leopard-like body near the neck, and a head with a dragon-like face as depicted in western mythology.

A symbol of the blending of Western and Chinese gardening styles, the Hybrid Sculpture remains to be a critical element in the history of Shanghai modern parks.