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first_img Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-543-4733 Fax: 902-543-5596 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118-Wright Avenue Interchange Highway 118, from the intersection at Highway 111 northerly, toward the airport, will have intermittent lane closures in both directions during interchange construction. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels and jersey barriers. For information call 902-424-6144 between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Temporary traffic signals are in place. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Quoddy River Bridge, Trunk 7 Work to replace the Quoddy River Bridge on Trunk 7 is underway. Traffic will be controlled by traffic signals and accommodated by a temporary bridge and detour adjacent to the existing bridge. Some delays may occur. Please drive with extra care in this area. The detour will be in place 24 hours a day until Friday, April 28. Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 SHELBURNE COUNTY: Port Clyde Bridge Port Clyde Bridge on Route 309 will be closed until Monday, May 15, while a new bridge is being built. Motorists are advised to use the Clyde River Bridge on Highway 103. Local Area Office: 902-384-2599 Fax: 902-384-3275 Local Area Office: 902-893-5780 Fax: 902-893-2175 CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. NEW WORK DIGBY COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 at Exit 25, Joggin Bridge, will be reduced to one lane until Friday, April 21, for road work. Hours of operations are from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-825-5388 Area: 902-827-5190 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 Local area office: 902-638-3150 Fax: 902-638-3356 KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Open The Old Baxters Mill Bridge, near Baxters Harbour in Kings County, is open to one-lane traffic. Vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms are restricted from using the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Poplar Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Cooks Mill Bridge The Cooks Mill Bridge on Cooks Mill Road will be closed for 24 hours per day starting Monday, April 3, until Friday, April 28, to carry out structural repairs. A detour is available on Highway 236 and Highway 224. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hydes Bridge, Route 277 The Hydes Bridge on Route 277 in Dutch Settlement will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays only from Monday, April 3, to Thursday, April 13, for bridge repairs. A detour is available on Trunk 2, Dutch Settlement Road and Old Trunk Road. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road Bridge The bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border will be closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 -30-last_img

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Exhibition Review: Chinese Prints 1950-2006 at the Ashmolean, Part 2

first_imgby Lucy ArchibaldPart Two of the Ashmolean’s Chinese Prints exhibition showcases the work of established Chinese printmakers to Western audiences for the first time. The Chinese tradition of print-making is over a thousand years old, but this modern collection is more dynamic than dusty. Without the shock value of a more avant-garde exhibit, it is subtly disarming for its plethora of “alien” terms and references to less than familiar print techniques and events from Chinese history. Nevertheless, the colourful range of styles, subjects and images on offer – spanning a period of Chinese history which has evolved at an unprecedented rate – is both satisfying and stimulating. If you consider Chinese prints synonymous with water lilies and perhaps the odd reed-warbler, this collection will subvert your expectations. The exhibition does include Zheng Shuang’s Black Peony, White Peony, which is representative of the artist’s exclusive interest in floral subjects post-1970, but in general, the collection is indicative of the powerfully politically charged tendencies of print-making now. Perhaps the most moving of these is Wong Gongyi’s delicately entitled Autumn Wind and Rain (1980) which depicts at severely intimate quarters Qiu Jin, the poet, revolutionary and symbol of female independence, who campaigned against the binding of women’s feet and selling of women into slavery. Wong Gongyi’s print depicts the moments before her execution; monochrome and cut with hard lines, the medium of the piece seems to reflect its unsettling subject. This anguish is further reflected in the artist’s description of the creative process: “…dripping with sweat and tears, in a small storage room, my heart filled with grief and indignation.”Equally unsettling, perhaps, is the sense of a pervasive propaganda “theme”, particularly in the work of the 1950-70s. Next to Qiu Jin’s intense and unsmiling face is a representative of the Sichuan School – Xu Kuang and A Ge’s The Master (1978), depicting a Tibetan farmer in the Soviet style with axe in hand as a grinning and accessible heroic figure. In Reading Hard (1962) another Tibetan figure, a male shepherd in this instance, sits placidly reading amidst a monochrome yet bustling pastoral scene. The artist, Li Huanmin, seems to suggest that Communism has thrown off this individual’s shackles and in contrast he now sits reading. The description of the subject “reading hard”, however, seems intended to collide the leisure of reading with hard work and thus imbue the subject with a level of Communist acceptability. The artist acknowledges this political dimension to his work, regarding it as providing historical insight at the level of the individual: “I depict people, their noble characters, their rich inner world and their graceful bearing, because people are the motive force of history.” Zhang Chaoyang summarised his artistic project rather differently: “Beauty and freedom have been the goal of my aesthetic pursuit.” Yet he represents a strikingly similar scene in his autumnally-hued Heroes and Heroines Are All Around (1970) which (rather obediently, we suspect) chronicles a harvest scene in the midst of the Cultural Revolution when the artist volunteered to go to the Great Northern Wilderness. Subsequently, Zhang Chaoyang’s work was to become less propaganda-influenced and instead preoccupied with female classical beauty. This development is perhaps prefigured in the pretty girl clad in communist garb, who sits scribbling in the foreground of the scene. This recurrent artistic focus upon an individual pulled from a crowd seems somewhat incongruous with the political systems they articulate.The most recent work demonstrates a more satirical or at least enquiring edge. Kang Ning’s Forest (2004) in particular shows a progression from the earlier prints, while Li Yili’s Hometown Record with its mingling of realist and fantasy elements enacts his artistic intention to ‘create’ “…one’s ideal world” rather than merely document that already in existence. Short, if not sweet, this concise exhibition will certainly leave you with plenty to ponder, and is the ideal reason to finally (!) make it through the doors of the Ashmolean. Chinese Prints runs until the 24th of February.last_img

Weekly Market Review February 18, 2020

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