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May Sun
Listening for the Trains to Come

Project Area:  Chinatown
Project:  Chinatown Professional Medical Center
Project Location:  711 W. College Street
Project Type:  Developer Initiated


Integrated onto the black steel fence at the Adobe Street parking lot entrance of the Chinatown Professional Medical Center is a 8'h x 15'w mixed-media installation composed of rusted bells, pitchforks, and shovels.  Along the top half of the fence structure are four etched panels.  Each panel bears a photographic image from the history of Chinatown depicting an herbal shop, a produce peddler, agricultural workers, and immigrant women.  Text in English and Chinese tells the early history of Chinatown and complements the photographs and rusted tools.
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May Sun’s artwork explores the lyrical and poetic history of a space and the people who have occupied it.  She strives to cross cultural boundaries by bringing attention to the myths and untold stories of a place.  Sun has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Brody Arts Fund Fellowship, LACE Interdisciplinary Grant (funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and the NEA), National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship, and a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Resident Fellowship in Miami.  May Sun received her BFA from the University of California, Los Angeles and continued her studies at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.  The artist lives in Los Angeles.