The 24 solar terms play a key role in facilitating ancient Chinese husbandry. It shows a poetic lifestyle of Chinese, but also reflects their cosmological and philosophical views. The 24 solar terms were developed through observation of the universe, based on the harmonious interaction between man and nature, which illustrate the wisdom of the Chinese in understanding time. In November 2016, this unique Chinese calendar, the 24 solar terms were inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Inspired by this traditional cultural heritage, contemporary artists bring the 24 solar terms back to people’s life today by their artistic expression. In cooperation with Network International Culturalink Entities, China Cultural Centre in Sydney is launching Story of Time: Online Art Exhibition of 24 Solar Terms on our website. More than 30 Chinese artists creates 56 pieces(groups) of artworks in forms of painting, calligraphy, sculpture, ceramics, animation, video, graphic and space design, cultural and creative products etc, showing their multidimensional delicate experiences on time changes, explaining the meaning of the twenty-four solar terms in the traditional Chinese culture throughout the year, and conveying the Chinese people’s cosmological and philosophical views of respecting nature and conforming to the laws of nature.
This online virtual exhibition consists of two sections. The Four Seasons section is divided into four exhibition areas including spring, summer, autumn, and winter. 53 exquisite works are exhibited in a virtual 3D modeling panorama that can partially magnify the details by 5 times, creating a truly immersive experience for the audience. The Experience session create a varied visual space by 3 immersive images and videos, which makes it a highly ornamental and artistic exhibition, allowing the audience to appreciate the beauty of time and understand Chinese cultural and history.