Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sun WuKong

Arguably the most popular figure in all of Chinese literature, Sun Wukong is the Monkey King, or the "Great Sage Who Equals Heaven" as he calls himself.   Brash, arrogant and extremely violent, the Monkey King singlehandedly turned Heaven upside down, abolished death for himself and his monkey subjects, and did the lion's share of the work in escorting Sanzang to India.  For all his criminal mischief, he is also endlessly clever, resourceful and loyal, making him the hero and main character of Journey to the West.   

This is my design/sculpture of Sun Wukong, a personal project very near and dear to me which I have been developing for some time, along with Zhu Bajie.   

Zhu BaJie

In his past life, Zhu BaJie was the handsome and charismatic Martial Tian Peng, commander of a vast naval fleet in Heaven.   But he was sent to be reborn in the body of a pig monster as punishment for his seducing a goddess.   In Journey to the West, Zhu BaJie plays the comic foil to Sun Wukong, a gluttonous, lazy and lecherous dimwit who is nevertheless very endearing and one of the most memorable characters in Chinese literature.   This is my design/sculpture of him.