Chinese Arts and Crafts: The Art of Copper

In Hangzhou, there is an old copperhouse entirely made of copper which belongs to Zhu Bingren. His family has been coppersmiths for five generations. When reaching its melting point, 1083°, the hard metal turns into soft liquid. Zhu Bingren finds beauty in the flowing copper liquid, and pours it into the desired shapes. These shapes become permanent as the metal cools and solidifies again. So, what kind of shapes will they be like?

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