"The first day of construction, I went to buy steel tubes... I couldn't even move them," Bi said. "I remember thinking at that point, this is just the beginning. Where do I go from here?"
Some $41,000 later, the truck's transformation into Guan Yu was completed in time for CAFA's graduation exposition. During the last three weeks of construction, Bi said he did not sleep more than three hours per night and worked around the clock to assemble his piece in time to graduate. Bi also hired his classmate, Han Han, to create a 3-D video of the fictional transformation process.
While the sculpting major's passion lies in art, he also wants to commercialize his creations — building action figures of his Kwansformer is first on the list. Upcoming projects include the Chinese Monkey King (to be made from a taxi), and an Olympic torch.
"I'd like to make a movie someday," he said. "My script is already written, there are some people interested, but it's still a long way off. I'm going to start with a short film."
Bi is interested in both arts and commerce, and used a metaphor to explain the reason for overlap.
"Art is sugar and commerce is water," he said. "But only when sugar is mixed with water, does it become sweet."