This is a set of work about Chinese 12 Zodiac Animals which made from a big original red Laos Stone. Therefore, all of 12 works are big and high-grade in quality. Sung Gang spent almost 18 months to design and complete the work. First, the selection of the stone. In fact, it’s really hard to find a stone which can be cut into 12 pieces without any cracks. Most of stones have more or less cracks or scars and the surface color are uneven. Moreover, if there are cracks inside the stone, stone carver has to carve out to abrade them into flat and smooth. Therefore, it’s difficult to complete 12 high-grade stones in same color without any cracks.
On the other hand, Sung Gang also put his own inspirations into the designs of manuscript. For example, looking at the works of Tiger and Dragon. Sung Gang carved Tiger in crouching position and Dragon hidden in the clouds to symbolize 《Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon》. In addition, Sung Gang adopted fierce cobra as Snack to show strong momentum of the work.
And last but not least, Sung Gang took respective poetries as the inscriptions of 12 Zodiac Animals. Sung Gang carved respective inscriptions on the front side of the stones in different calligraphic styles, including Clerical script, Regular script in Wei of the Northern Dynasties and Tang Dynasty, semi-cursive script, grass script, etc.