What’s Got 10,000 Springs, but No Nails?

by Bill Davenport January 30, 2013

pavilion imageBeginning tomorrow, January 31, The International Museum of Art and Science invites viewers to watch as Donald Williams, Senior Furniture Conservator Emeritus of the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute and a crew of IMAS curatorial department spends a couple days assembling the intricate 10,000 Springs Pavilion for IMAS’s next show. The pavilion, made by Chinese artisans to demonstrate traditional Chinese carving and fine furniture techniques, is a model of The Ten Thousand Springs Pavilion (Wan Chun Ting), a celebrated example of classic Chinese architecture, rebuilt in 1533, which still stands in the Forbidden City in Beijing, China.

As a Smithsonian travelling exhibition, the pavilion and its caretakers have logged many a mile across the US, crating and uncrating the intricate structure from its intricate crates, which and admiring blogger at the Headley-Whitney Museum  in Lexington, Kentucky likened to a large jigsaw puzzle.


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