You may have noticed the blog has been quiet over the last thirty days. We've been traveling again! Jia was invited by the Shanghai World Expo to present her concept for Transcendance, a stage production she designed with Las Vegas in mind. So we made a trip to Shanghai to see if there might be a fit. Although the World Expo doesn't offer a suitable venue or business model for so large and expensive a production, Jia's creativity and design sense was greatly appreciated and she has been asked to help out in other areas of World Expo development.
Shanghai is an amazingly dynamic, vast, and textured city. Life there moves at many times the pace of Los Angeles, and though we have visited before, even in the short span of a few years it has grown and changed beyond recognition. Nowhere is that change so evident as in the New Pudong Administrative Area, built from nothing over the past fifteen years across the Jiangpu river from the Shanghai Bundt. It has become a financial center rivaling Hong Kong in importance, an attractive metropolis for residents who overcome their for living in the old city, and a playground for architects.
We love the city's energy and entrepreneurial spirit. Old friends go out of their way to help Jia meet new collectors and introduce her work to new fans. New friends have spent much time getting to know us and helping us understand the city. We attended several performances, including a large scale production of Dream of the Red Chamber with costumes by Michael Cheung at the