A new sundial sculpture recently popped up next to Shanghai’s Huangpu River. However, some couldn’t escape the feeling that they had seen it before, especially a British artist who has called it a “complete copy” of her own famous sundial in London.
Timepiece by British sculptor Wendy Taylor has been an iconic London landmark since being installed next to the Tower Bridge in 1973. When Taylor was emailed a photo of the Shanghai sundial, she was more than a little shocked, telling the Independent:
At first I thought someone had done a clever Photoshop and changed the background, but then I looked more closely and thought ‘oh my god no, this is a complete copy.
They only difference is the angle has been changed for the time.
I know it happens and I have had works copied before – they always say it’s a coincidence but in this case it’s absolutely blatant.
You be the judge! Here’s Taylor’s London sundial:
And here’s the one in Shanghai:
Taylor said that she plans to fight to get the Shanghai sundial taken down. She’s contacted the artists’ rights organization, along with the Chinese and British government. However, she’s not exactly optimistic, noting that, “Copyright law almost stops in Europe quite frankly, and Chinese laws are very different.”
Of course, Taylor wouldn’t be the first to have her work stolen by Chinese copycatters. From great works of art, to action blockbusters to iPhones and Great Sphinxes, there’s really no limit on what can be faked in China.
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