Erupting from stone, a dragon of the “earth element” emerges from this artwork as a single, solitary power. Symbolically traditional, the piece possesses strong hints of both impressionist and expressionist styles in its rough, rock-like contours. The unsmooth textures here are derived from the Chinese “dzun fa” method of painting cracked textures, adding the perfect depth and contrast that reflects the dragon’s yin-yang spirit. The best way it can be described is in the intangible spirit expressed by both form and lack of form. With a mouth-blown crystal base for the baoping’s (or treasure vase) body, LIULI artists use sheets of uniquely patterned gold leaf. There is no other artwork in the world that took the same kind of technical prowess as this collection. Rooted in deep tradition and cultural symbolism, this contemporary piece is both bold and explosive in its courage.