The 2015 Cheng Long artists are preparing to come to Cheng Long and will arrive in Cheng Long village on April 9! Now they want to say hello to all the children and tell a little about what they will make for the art project this year. The artists also send us their portrait photos and some more interesting photos for the children to see on the Blog.
This Blog entry will have the Hello message and photos from two of the 2015 Artists, and the next Blog entry will have the Hello from the other 3 artists.
We are all excited to welcome these international artists to Cheng Long Village for the 2015 international environmental art project.
Here is the message from Christopher Varady-Szabo from Australia, now living in Canada:
Hi, my name is Christopher and I am an artist from Quebec, which is the French speaking part of Canada. I actually grew up in Australia so I speak English too. I’m really looking forward to coming to Cheng Long and meeting you all. I’m planning to make a “portable landscape” and I’m sure that you’ll be able to help me make It, especially when it comes to putting some mud on it and planting some plants. See you soon in Cheng Long,
Here is the message from Marisa Merlin from Italy:
Hello children, girls and boys, teachers, everybody!
Ciao bambini, ragazze e ragazzi, insegnanti, tutti! (<–這是義大利文,意思同上一句英文)
My name is Marisa and I live in Padova or Padua in Italy.
Padova is an ancient city with many important historical monuments, artworks and buildings: we have one of the oldest and most important universities in the world; a very ancient botanical garden, beautiful frescos by Giotto of 1300,…and more others things. There is a lot I would like to describe to you, but it’s easier if you come to visit me: I’ll be happy to show you everything! I love to ride the bicycle to get around the city, but we must be very careful because car drivers are not very polite! My favorite food is pizza of course, and I love seafood. If you look at the map, you can see that Padova is very close to Venezia or Venice, a fantastic city where all has been built on poles planted in the water. I really love Venezia, and I never get tired of going there even just for a walk.
postcard from Padova 帕多瓦的明信片
A little about my family:
My daughter Piera is an architect and she lives and works in Brussels in Belgium. She is also a very good photographer and sometimes composes electronic music: not too easy to listen for me !!! My sister Lorenza is an artist too, she has traveled a lot across many countries, and she speaks 5 languages. Not like me! My mom is 95 years old, but still goes every day to walk for a while! She is curious and asked me a lot about my coming to Taiwan.
Me_my daughter Piera_my sister Lorenza / Marisa(右)和女兒Piera(中),及姐妹Lorenza(左)
Piera and mom / Marisa的母親(左)及女兒Piera
My artwork has always been focused on environmental issues, and I’ve done many outdoor art installations often by using waste materials such as plastic, aluminum cans, bottles etc. For Cheng Long I proposed to write the word EARTH ( TERRA in italian) in large huge letters, in the largest size possible, so that we always remember how important it is. I’ve already realized this project elsewhere, using different materials: for example, stones, wood cuttings, organic and inorganic urban waste, old carpets etc. The idea is to do it everywhere, but the installation in your village will be special because everyone will be able to participate to make it better! The word EARTH will be composed of layers of sandbags filled with sand, earth or shells. In the sacks even some seeds and salt-resistant small plants that grow wild around your village will be planted. The sun and the rain will make them sprout. But to do it well I’ll need your help to look for the small plants, to know their names and their characteristics, and to show me what is better to collect. Do you want to help me?
I enjoy working with children doing workshops at the schools in my city (and with adults too), and It will be great to meet you all and work together: I think it will be a great and nice experience and I will learn a lot from you, it will be a lovely gift to carry home for me.
I look forward to meet you all and work with you!
Ciao ciao a tutti dall’Italia
Bye Bye to all from Italy,