On the floor just inside the front door of Ming Fay's Manhattan loft sit an enormous papier-mâché walnut, an outsize wulu (a Chinese gourd), a giant red plum and a massive Bosc pear. The branches of a tree with paper leaves that encase real chamomile seeds hang overhead. Ming, whose works have been shown at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and other major museums, demonstrates the beauty and wonder of natural forms by blowing them up to unnatural size. Born in Shanghai, he attended art school in the United States and began making welded-steel sculptures, but after he moved to New York City in the '70s, a more economical and lightweight medium seemed preferable. One day while looking at a pile of old New York Times newspapers, he came up with the idea of papier-mâché. As the years went on, he would add polymer, pigment, plaster gauze and polyurethane to the mix. His mixed-media sculptures of the fruits and vegetables he admired in the produce stands during his walks through Chinatown reflect several of Ming's loves: botany, Chinese folklore, herbal remedies and the giant city he calls home.