Lee is well known for his refusal to repeat himself. Even when he was working with his friends in Patan, Nepal to create editions of cast bronze sculptures, no two were ever the same. So it was intriguing when he decided to make editions of small work using laser-cut steel.
Winter Garden at Muktinath is inspired by the sacred site of Muktinath, high in the Himalayas of Nepal. The temple is revered by Buddhists and Hindus alike as being one of the only places where the five sacred elements (fire, water, sky, earth and air) are found together. When I was there, also in winter, I had pneumonia and remember it much as it is in this sculpture, barren, cold and almost a ruin but with touches of grace to show that it is revered, even in winter.
Winter Garden at Muktinath is also the title of Lee's June 2017 show at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery. The exhibition will have a large stainless steel version of Winter Garden, but in the meantime, we have six of these very special small sculptures. And by the way, they aren't identical, not exactly.
Edition of six for sale
If you are interested in buying one of the small pieces--and yes, they are for sale--click over to the store and check them out.