Posted by: janeingramallen | May 1, 2016

2016 Cheng Long Wetlands Art Project OPENS

The 2016 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project Opening Weekend is happening now April 30 and May 1, 2016 in Cheng Long village, Yunlin County, Taiwan. The opening activities with the international artists continue today, Sunday, May 1, from 9:30 to 11:30 in the morning and from 2:30 to 5:30 in the afternoon.

The 6 artworks are all completed, and we invite everyone to come visit and talk with the artists today, Sunday, May 1. The artists will leave to go back to their own countries on Monday, May 2, but the artworks will remain on view in Cheng Long Wetlands until they biodegrade and go back to nature. In April 2017 we expect to have new artists coming to create new artworks. The artworks this year are created with all natural and biodegradable materials and will not pollute the water or harm the wildlife in the wetlands nature preserve area.

In 2016 Cheng Long Villagers also created an artwork this year for the 2016 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project. Their work is titled “Bridge to the Future” and creates a pathway for people to go out into the wetlands and appreciate the beauty of this place. Here is a photo of the villager’s artwork on April 30, 2016.IMG_6242-Edit1-2

Amarsaikhan Namsraijav from Mongolia created a sculpture installation titled “Moving to Dry Land – Nomadic Culture”. Here is a finished photo on April 30 of this massive artwork in the wetlands that imagines carrying the water from a very wet place such as Cheng Long Wetlands to a very dry desert area such as Mongolia.IMG_71111
Chris Lee (Li Kuei-chih) of Taiwan created a sculpture installation on, in and around an old fishing hut in Cheng Long Wetlands. His artwork is titled “2046 Relic” and it asks us to imagine what the wetlands might be like in thirty more years. This finished photo shows his artwork on April 30.IMG_71381
Elena Redaelli of Italy now living in Norway created a sculpture installation titled “All Lives of Nature” and her work is sited on, in and around the bird blind at Cheng Long Wetlands. Her many elements of this installation were created to represent the plants, animals and all life in the wetlands. Here is a photo of the finished artwork on April 30, 2016.IMG_71311
Justin Tyler Tate of Canada and now living in Finland created a sculpture installation that is floating in the water of the wetlands. His work titled “Raft Roofs” appears like roofs of houses rising from the waters, and it offers a fanciful solution for rising waters…just float to safety in the roof of your house that also is a raft. Here’s a photo of the 3 finished “raft roofs” on April 30, in Cheng Long Wetlands.IMG_62561
Claudia Aranovich of Argentina created a sculpture installation of 6 large flowers made of bamboo and natural materials. Her work is sited in the shallow water of the wetlands rising from the water. Here is a photo of Claudia’s work “Flowers for the Future” on April 30, 2016.IMG_62531

All photos here are by Timothy S. Allen ( The Cheng Long Wetlands International Art Project is curated by Jane Ingram Allen of USA, artist, art writer and curator (

Amar and crew by big machine for installing IMG_618364 Amar and people carrying big container IMG_573524 amar chris fitting two containers together IMG_600054 amar containers before moving IMG_55611 Amar machine carrying 3rd container IMG_611960 Amar machine lifting big container IMG_588439 amar with maching lifting to fit 2 parts together IMG_598251

Here are a few more photos to show you how the artworks are progressing. Everyone is working hard to get the works finished and clean up around the working areas for our official opening ceremony and press conference tour of the artworks tomorrow morning, Friday, April 29 at 10 AM.














chris monster with teeth by road IMG_55713 chris tying on roof IMG_564015 chris water coming from spout IMG_565017 chris water spout dragon close IMG_565518 Claudia flowers at sunset IMG_623270 claudia in water with flowers installed IMG_562311 Elena before finish IMG_55632 Elena's friend Giorgio helping IMG_567420 justin puts in anchor poles IMG_570722 justin rafts before finish IMG_55734 justin rafts getting roofs IMG_562912 villager putting in signs IMG_622169 villager's group on bench IMG_621167


































The next Blog post will show the opening weekend activities and feature photos of all 6 artworks completely finished and presented to the public on April 30 and May 1 in Cheng Long Wetlands, Kohu Township, Dunlin County, Taiwan. The public is invited to come view the artworks and talk to the artists and join in some DIY activities from 2:30 to 5:30 Saturday afternoon and again on Sunday May 1 from 9:30 to 11:30 and from 2:30 to 5:30 Sunday afternoon. The artists will all leave Cheng Long village on Monday, May 2 after saying goodbye to the children at Cheng Long Elementary School.

Thank you to all the artists and the volunteers for such hard work to make these artworks. It is great to see them all almost finished! This art project is curated by Jane Ingram Allen, and it is part of the ongoing environmental education program of the Kuan Shu Environmental Education Foundation in Cheng Long village and Cheng Long Elementary School.





Photos on this Blog are by Timothy S. Allen (

Everything is looking good for the Press Conference and official opening of the 2016 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project in Cheng Long, Dunlin County, Taiwan.  The opening ceremony will start at 10AM on Friday, April 29, at the site set-up under the highway overpass near the entrance to Cheng Long Wetlands.  Then the artists and curator Jane Ingram Allen will lead a tour for the press and guests to view all the 2016 artworks.  Each artist will speak for a few minutes about the artwork they created, and the artist’s volunteer will translate for the audience.  There will be opportunities for questions and interaction with the artists.

The public opening with DIY activities will be on Saturday, April 30, 2:30 – 5:30 in the afternoon and Sunday, May 1, 9:30 to 11:30 in the morning and 2:30 to 5:30 in the afternoon.  Visitors can chat with each of the artists and do some creative activity at each artwork site.  Volunteers will be available to guide the visitors and help to translate.

Thank you to the 2016 international artists and their volunteers:

Artist:  Amarsaikhan Namsraijav (Amar)  – Mongolia

Volunteer:  Phoenix

Artist:  Claudia Aranovich – Argentina

Volunteer: Yu-hsuan

Artist: Elena Redaeilli – Italy

Volunteer:  Yen-ju

Artist: Justin Tyler Tate – Canada

Volunteer:  Molly (Momo)

Artist:  Chris Lee (Lee Kuei-chih) – Taiwan

Volunteer:  Gigi

Artist: Cheng Long Villagers Team – Taiwan

Volunteer:  Hannah

Amar working on cart IMG_508243 Amar making cart IMG_506842 Amar putting cart together IMG_492210 Amar volunteers help make container IMG_506741 Amar's containers almost finished IMG_492512 Chris almost finished IMG_48861 chris artwork front entrance to hut IMG_48912 Chris gate finished IMG_48953 Chris making monsters IMG_510446 Claudia big flower IMG_495218 Claudia volunteers making flower IMG_501332 Curator, Chao mei and Claudia discuss placing flowers IMG_496220 Elena and Jane at Elena artwork IMG_504338 Elena close up working IMG_503236 Elena detail of column IMG_498925 Elena with jelly fish IMG_497322 Elena working more on bird blind IMG_501734 fishing hut owner looking at Chris dragon pipe IMG_499928





















































Justin almost finished IMG_49026 justin and volunteer work in wetlands IMG_504539 justin putting on roof IMG_495117 justin raft roof with bird IMG_49015 Villager's artwork almost finished IMG_49109 villagers making another bench IMG_506140


















These photos show the artists and artworks just a few days before the opening.  The next post after the weekend will have photos of the finished works and the opening activities.  Thanks also to Timothy S. Allen (,) who takes all the photos for this Blog.


The 5 international artists selected for the 2016 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project (Amar from Mongolia, Claudia from Argentina, Elena from Italy, Justin from Canada, Chris Lee from Taiwan) and a team of Cheng Long Villagers are really working hard with their volunteers, children and villagers helping out to finish all the big outdoor environmental sculptures by the opening press conference on Friday morning, April 29 at 10AM. Everything is looking good for the finish!

It is now hot and sunny in Cheng Long village, and we are hoping the weather continues to be good for the public opening weekend activities on Saturday April 30 from 2:30 to 5:30PM and on Sunday May 1 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM and again on Sunday afternoon from 2:30 to 5:30 PM. Everyone is invited to come out that weekend to chat with the artists about their artworks and to participate in a DIY (Do It Yourself) art activity with each artist at their site around Cheng Long Wetlands.

Here are some photos showing how the artworks are looking now and the progress being made. It also shows some of the public participation with children, volunteers and village people helping the artists. We are all enjoying the warm hospitality of the village and the wonderful seafood, fresh fruit and vegetables in Cheng Long village. Thank you everyone from Jane Ingram Allen, Curator of the Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project.  Photos here are by Timothy S. Allen (

Amar class splitting recycled bamboo IMG_289529 Amar tying his big water container IMG_310257 Amar's big water containers taking shape IMG_28067 Amar's class helps tie his artworkIMG_303448 Chris artwork grows across the water to small land IMG_27973 Chris makes a bamboo gate for the fishermen at his artwork IMG_309155 chris village volunteer helps make a fence and gate IMG_308654 Claudia and her class working together IMG_303147 Claudia and kids make flower center IMG_293133 claudia makes another big flower IMG_283515 Elena and 6th grader gathering materials IMG_294835 Elena installing her artwork on bird blindIMG_283817 Elena volunteer weaving basket shape Elena's 6th graders collecting materialschris 1st grader makes structure for his artwork IMG_296439Justin working in the wetlands IMG_283314 Justin's class makes lanterns from recycled cans IMG_297841 Justin's class walking to wetlands to help the artist IMG_288726 Justin's raft roofs, floor almost finished, waiting for roofsIMG_27952 village woman brings bubble milk tea for artists and volunteers IMG_309456 villager's artwork and bridge roof beginning IMG_285420 villager's artwork and one of the main workers IMG_28025


The weather has been much better recently in Cheng Long village, Yunlin County, Taiwan, and we are all happy there is no more rain these days and a lot of the water is drying up.  The artists and volunteers have continued to work very hard to get the environmental artworks finished by the opening on April 29.  The public opening activities will be during the weekend of April 30 and May 1, and each international artist will have some sort of DIY (Do It Yourself) activity at their site in the wetlands to engage people and chat with visitors.  Watch this Blog and our Facebook page for more information and details about the opening weekend activities for the 2016 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project.

The artists selected for the project this year are making works on the theme “Meet the Future in Cheng Long – The Next 30 Years”.   For this year’s art project we are happy to have Amar from Mongolia, Claudia from Argentina, Elena from Italy, living in Norway, Justin from Canada, living in Finland and Chris Lee from Taiwan.  This year for the first time a team of Cheng Long villagers is also creating an artwork.

Here are some photos of each artist’s work showing the progress they are making.  A big thank you to all the hard working artists and the volunteers.  Also, to the many volunteers and children in Cheng Long village who come out to help the artists.

Elena on 4:19 IMG_162161 Justin on 4:19IMG_160055 Amar detail on 4:19 IMG_157650 Amar on 4:19 IMG_157049 villlagers artwork on 4:19 IMG_154744 Elena detail on 4:19 IMG_154343 Chris on 4:19IMG_150534 chris detail on 4:19 IMG_149130 Claudia on 4:19 one flower IMG_145923 Claudia detail tying on 4:19 IMG_144221 Elena detail on 4:19 closer IMG_140611 Amar detail on 4:19 IMG_13897 Jane and Amar talk in wetlands on 4:19 IMG_13836 bird on Justin's roof raft IMG_122652 many working together to move Justin's 2nd raft IMG_116244 villagers detail on 4:18IMG_098016













Keep watching this Blog to see the finished artworks!






























Photos here are by Timothy S. Allen (  This art project is curated by Jane Ingram Allen ( from USA.  Jane first came to Taiwan in 2004 with a Fulbright grant and has lived and worked as a full-time resident in Taiwan from 2004 – 2012.

Posted by: janeingramallen | April 18, 2016

2016 Artworks Taking Shape in Cheng Long Wetlands

All of the 2016 artists are working very hard now in Cheng Long Wetlands creating their large-scale environmental sculpture installations on this year’s theme of “Meet the Future in Cheng Long – the Next 30 Years”.

cutting bamboo in the rainIt has been very rainy with a big downpour of heavy rain just about every afternoon. Now there is much more water than usual in the wetlands, and that has made working conditions for the artists a bit difficult. All are coping with the weather well and finding a way to get started making the proposed sculptures. Thanks also to the wonderful volunteers for all of their help.






Here you can see Justin Tyler Tate from Canada now living in Finland, and his volunteer Molly putting the first of his “Raft Roofs” into the water of the wetlands with the help of some other volunteers.  Justin will build two more “raft roofs”, even larger than this one. Now they are putting in the floor and adding more to the structure, but wanted to get it moved into the water first so it would be not too heavy to move easily. These floating sculptures will be very impressive in the vast expanse of water in the wetlands.justin and volunteers putting in first raftIMG_036552






amar and volunteers unload bamboo in wetlands


In this photo artist Amarsaikhan Namsraijav from Mongolia and his volunteer Phoenix are moving his large recycled bamboo poles collected at the nearby seashore to the wetlands area where he will construct his sculptural carts inspired by the nomadic culture of Mongolia. You can see that his site near the entrance to the wetlands is full of water now, but we hope the land will dry out after the weather gets sunny for a few days.


Artist Claudia Aranovich from Argentina is building sculptural flowers for her installation using bamboo as a material for the first time. She and her volunteer Yu-chen are making a minimum of 3 large flowers that will be installed in the shallow water and some spots of land in the wetlands. Here shows the beginning of the first flower, and Claudia plans to make the others larger.claudia begins flower constructionIMG_044968









Elena Redaelli, 2016 artist from Italy now living in Norway, is building her installation in many parts that will be installed on the bird blind building. She and her volunteer Yenz have many helpers including school kids and villagers to create the wetlands-inspired animals and plants for her artwork. Elena is using many fiber art techniques and a variety of natural and recycled biodegradable materials found around Cheng Long.Elena and volunteers creating together








Our Taiwanese artist for 2016 is Chris Lee (Lee Kuei-chih) from Taipei, and he is creating his bridge-like sculptural creating starting from a traditional fishing hut building that is no longer being used. He and his volunteer Gigi are using driftwood and recycled bamboo and other found materials, and the sculpture is growing out of the building, over the water and reaching up to the sky. Chris even used one old wooden chair in his artwork for that was part of Ya-chu Kang’s giant table artwork “Reservations” she created for the 2014 art project in Cheng Long.chris lee artwork coming out of hut


In 2016 a team of Cheng Long villagers is also creating an artwork. Their work titled “Bridge to the Future” is made with all biodegradable materials and techniques and is really strong and sturdy to provide a way for visitors to go further out into the wetlands. Here you can see the construction in process.villagers artwork in progress IMG_949236






jane talks with guest from UK Yasmine & LukeIMG_018429

Curator, Jane Ingram Allen, USA, is also staying in Cheng Long during the 25 days of the art project to help the artists and volunteers finish all the artworks for the opening on April 29. There will be public activities with the artists at each site during the weekend of April 30 and May 1.

Keep checking this Blog for updates on the progress of the 2016 artworks. Photos here are by Timothy S. Allen (

Posted by: janeingramallen | April 13, 2016

2016 Art Project Begins

Jane and Chris meet Elena at Yunlin StationThe 5 international artists selected for 2016 arrived in Cheng Long on April 7 to begin the art project. The 5 artists are Chris (Kuei-chih) from Taiwan, Amar from Mongolia, Elena from Italy, Justin from Canada and Claudia from Argentina. Curator Jane from USA and her husband Tim are also spending the 25 days, April 7 to May 2, in Cheng Long for this year’s art project. This photo shows Jane and Chris greeting Elena at the Yunlin HSR Station.



It has been a very busy time getting the 2016 art project started. We went to Cheng Long Elementary School on Friday to meet the children and had a wonderful welcome performance from the students in grades 1 to 6 at the school. This photo shows the younger kids doing a welcome song and dance for the artists.

Children's song and dance at school to welcome artists







We had a Welcome Party at the Cheng Long village temple courtyard on Saturday evening, April 9. The food was great and everyone enjoyed meeting the villagers and guests. The artists made short presentations for the audience after the dinner. Here’s a group photo on the temple steps at the end of the Welcome Party.

everyone after welcome party on temple steps








Artists took a tour of the Wetlands with the curator, staff and volunteers to select the final sites for each artwork, and we also found a place that each artist can use as a studio or working space nearby. In this photo the artists, curator and volunteers are walking out into the wetlands to check out a possible site for Chris’s artwork.

artists, curator, volunteers walk to look at possible site for Chris's artwork







We took a trip to Xi-Lou town in Yunlin County to see the studio of 2015 Cheng Long artist Chao-chang Lee and had a wonderful natural lunch cooked by the artists and volunteers. We also visited a bamboo master in Xi Lou to learn some bamboo working techniques, since bamboo is a new material for all these artists except the Taiwanese artist Chris. This photo shows Claudia trying out the bamboo splitting tool.Claudia splits bamboo pole with special splitting tool

That evening the artists and volunteers also got to experience the crazy Matsu Festival in XiLou. Next day we went to find recycled and natural materials that artists could use to create the 2016 artworks. We went to the nearby recycling center where artists found some interesting materials. This photo shows Chris and Amar sorting through some possible recycled things to use as materials.Chris and Amar check for materials at the recycling center






We also went to the nearby seashore where there is lots of recycled bamboo washed up on shore from old oyster farming platforms. This photo shows Justin, Amar and a volunteer gathering recycled bamboo at the seashore. The other photo shows the artists and volunteers pushing the large bamboo down the concrete embankment at the seashore to be loaded on a truck from the recycling center and brought to Cheng Long village where the artists are working to make the 2016 artworks.

Justin, Amar and volunteer collect big bamboo driftwood poles at the seashoreartists and volunteers slide bamboo poles down the concrete embankment at the seashore

The 2016 artworks will be created from all recycled and natural materials that are biodegradable and that can go back into the nature preserve area of the wetlands without harming the environment. We will be tying with natural rope and using bamboo nails and other eco-friendly ways of constructing the large-scale outdoor sculptures. This photo shows Elena looking at some local natural plant fibers for possible use in her artwork.

Elena checking local plants for possible fibers to use in her work









A big “Thank You” to all the volunteers who work so hard every day with their artist to build the artwork and also help with translation and understanding the local culture.

Please look at previous posts to see the sketches of the artworks to be made in 2016. Hope everyone can come to the opening weekend on April 30 and May 1. Keep checking this Blog for more posts to see the progress on the 5 artworks being made for the 2016 art project on the theme of “Meet the Future in Cheng Long – the Next 30 Years”.

Photos on this post are by Timothy S. Allen (

Posted by: QQmei | March 22, 2016

A Proposed artwork from the Villagers


In the wetlands, there is a way which used to be the ridge of fields and also the route to farming land for villagers. 30 years ago, a typhoon called Wayne hit Taiwan and brought sea water into the village, flooding the route and the farming land. The water never goes away, so the farms were gone and left only in memories. So the wetlands and its avian ecosystem have become the new landscape, and the villagers have learned to accept the change and live with nature. 30 years later, on this way, we would build up a bridge for people getting closer to the wetlands. The bridge and its reflection on the water would form a circle, symbolizing fulfillment and harmony of humans and environment. The bridge would lead to a platform where people could observe the birds and also enjoy the scenery. Walking into the wetlands, people could feel a connection with the nature and the birds, with whom to live and to share. When we learn to cherish the environment, we could create a different future for Cheng Long.



ps. 為了在藝術家駐村期間亦能協助藝術家們的創作, 目前部份村民已開始著手進行這項作品的材料收集與前置作業, 待竹材到齊, 天候好轉, 就會趕快動工!!

Posted by: QQmei | March 19, 2016

來自藝術家的問候>> Hello from Claudia

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I want to say HELLO!

I live in Buenos Aires, the capital of my country, Argentina.  We are in the south of South America, looking to the Atlantic Ocean.  It is a city of 5 million people living there, but during the day we have 8 to 10 million people. We speak Spanish. I learned English at the high school.  My studio and house is located in the historic and touristic San Telmo neighbourhood, where foreigners come to learn the tango dance.
我住在布宜諾斯艾利斯(Buenos Aires),這裡是我的國家—阿根廷的首都,位在南美洲的南部,面對著大西洋。這是一個有500萬人居住的城市,但是在白天卻有高達800萬到1000萬人在此活動。我們的語言是西班牙文,我是在中學的時候開始學英文的。我的工作室和住家位在歷史觀光景點San Telmo附近,許多的訪客到這裡來學習探戈舞。

I am a sculptor and also a professor of art. The subject of my sculptures is usually the nature. I love to teach and discover new ways with my students, and I hope I will discover many new things and ways of living with you. I love the nature and to observe the trees and animals.  We are worried now in my country because of the global warming, as we are converting step by step into a tropical country, something we have never been before.

I want to encourage you all to help me with my work, covering the petals of my flowers with local natural materials.  You are all welcome to create a legend about my works.

Hope to see you soon and enjoy being together.


Posted by: QQmei | March 17, 2016

來自藝術家的問候>>Hello from Chris Lee

I’m Lee, Kuei-Chih, born in Tuko town of Yunlin county. I have another name – “Chris”.

I like to make large-scale natural installation artworks outdoors. It is always a happy thing when you work with the nature, and you also accumulate a lot of experience in the process.

I usually use local materials to create my work, because reducing the journey for the materials to travel, as well as reducing the journey for our food is important for me.

Each place has its unique background and story. This artwork is called “2046 Relic”, and it is an imaginary scenario for the future.There are a lot of bridges to the future, so I need a lot of wood to build it, and what will the new bio look like?

Let us create the next 30-year picture of it!

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IMG_8052 (Large)“Guiding the Sand / 沙引”  by Chris Lee


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