Published Nov 2022
Shanghai's new pedestrian walkway has sculptures that liven up ancient neighborhoods and create an exciting downtown corner.
In late September, a 240-meter stretch of Maoming Road N. between Wujiang Road and Weihai Road became a weekend-only pedestrian street.
To mark the seven-day National Day holiday, it will stay open till 4am on October 8 and feature works by well-known artists such as Peter Woytuk, one of the world's foremost animal sculptors; Joy Brown, known for bronze fantasy figure ceramic sculpture; and artist couple Gillie and Marc, known for their human-animal hybrid sculptures.
The sculptures are adorned with delicate flower arrangements and blend in seamlessly with the historical alleyways of Zhangyuan, or Zhang Garden, one of the best-preserved shikumen (stone-gate) neighborhoods east of Maoming Road N.
Meanwhile, years of renovation work on the century-old Zhangyuan will come to an end soon. It is set to become a new commercial and cultural landmark in the city.