Here is more information about the artists and their proposed artworks for the 2017 Cheng Long art project. We look forward to welcoming these artists to Cheng Long from April 13 to May 8, 2017. Hope everyone will come out to help with the installations and meet the artists.
以下是「2017成龍溼地國際環境藝術計畫」的藝術家和提案的介紹。藝術家們將在 4/13 ~ 5/8 進駐成龍村，歡迎大家一起出來幫忙藝術家完成作品，順便和藝術家聊聊天。
Annechien Meier & Gert-Jan Gerlach – Netherlands（荷蘭）
Annechien and Gert-Jan from Holland are working together as a team since 2014 and have formed a foundation called Laboratory for Microclimates with the aim to encourage people’s thinking about their own vicinity and dealing with the effects of climate change. Their proposed artwork for the Cheng Long art project is called “Microclimate Life Line”, and it will be a giant irregular line that goes out into the wetlands with a bamboo framework filled with the green algae (seaweed) that grows in the Cheng Long Wetlands every spring. Some people gather this algae to eat, and it usually disappears during the summer. This artwork of all natural and biodegradable materials will change over time with the algae turning white in the sun and still providing an interesting visual image in the wetlands and reminding people to take action, live with change.
Inga Shalvashvili – Georgia（喬治亞）
Inga is from the country of Georgia on the Black Sea at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. She is a children’s book illustrator as well as a sculptor. Inga will create a sculpture installation that she hopes will bring a little magic to the wetlands, much like the old custom of making sounds across the mountains in Switzerland and Europe. The sculpture will be made of bamboo and perhaps recycled pipes and be in a circular sun-like form so that people can go inside and make sounds through the pipes in all directions. The action of singing, speaking, whistling or even shouting will cover Cheng Long with its mystic energy wave for a year or more. Inga says that she believes building up the trust in a community and giving people a personal space to act, somehow might be a step to changes.
Piotr Wesolowski – Poland（波蘭）
Piotr is from Poland in Europe, and he is trained as an architect and makes sculptures that he calls “Ephemeral Space Arrangements”. Piotr will be coming to Taiwan for the second time having created a sculpture in 2016 at the Keelung International Marine Environment Art Project. In Cheng Long Piotr will create a sculpture of bamboo and natural materials called “Follow” which gives the idea of a large undefined creature moving forward and inviting people to follow and make changes to live better with the environment. The construction is also a kind of shelter that protects people in the journey, and visitors can walk inside and around the artwork. He hopes this artwork will stimulate imagination, and it is a blend of sculpture and architecture to generate new feelings of space and dimension.
Rob Mulholland – UK (Scotland)（英國／蘇格蘭）
Rob is from Scotland in the UK, and he will create a large sculpture in the wetlands titled “Delicate Balance” about the relationship between people and their natural environment. He has done many public art sculptures in the UK, USA, Russia, Korea and other countries in Europe. His artwork uses a cube shaped form representing an architectural intervention, inorganic and controlled, in the landscape. The artwork represents a state of change, and the center of the cube is visually disintegrating. In this artwork he is celebrating change and inviting nature to assist in the eventual re-shaping of the artwork that is made from bamboo and other natural biodegradable materials.
Hui-Ying Tsai 蔡慧盈– Taiwan（台灣）
Hui is from Taipei, Taiwan, and now living in New York City, USA. She is excited to come home to Taiwan again to participate in this project and create her proposed artwork titled “Habitation No. 4 (Cradle)” that is part of an ongoing series of sculpture installations about the concept of home and creating habitat in the local environment. The sculpture sited in the wetlands is in the shape of a crescent moon that will gently rock in the water like a cradle. Part of it is above water providing habitat for the birds, and part is below water to provide habitat for fish and other water creatures. The “cradle” will be made of bamboo and natural materials, and the upper part of the sculpture will have many bird nests made of shells and natural materials created by local participants.
Jane Liou 劉臻 – Taiwan（台灣）
Jane, now working in Taipei, Taiwan, will create a sculpture installation titled “Context” consisting of many houses forms placed to form a community, and some will be inside an old house near the wetlands and others outdoors on land near the wetlands. The “houses” will be made with bricks formed from mud/earth and straw/reeds (an ancient building technique for making houses and other structures). The bricks will be formed in recycled wood modules. Local participants will help to make the many “houses” needed for this installation. Jane’s installation will use all natural and biodegradable materials, and people will be able to observe the differences in the inside and outside installations and how nature changes both of them in different ways over time.
Cheng Long Villagers Team 成龍社區發展協會- Taiwan（台灣）
The Cheng Long villager’s team will make another artwork this year in Cheng Long Wetlands. Last year you will remember that they created the big “bridge” artwork that is still there after repairs from the villagers. The new artwork called “Reborn” will be located at the place where the 2015 artwork “Water Core” made by Germany/Switzland artist Roger used to be. “Reborn” refers to seeds sprouting from the core. The pattern of the work made from bamboo poles represents green buds making ways to reach for the sun, so the lines will sparkle in sunlight. When showing its reflection in the water, the seed installation will altogether make a heart-shape image, symoblic of the villagers’ love for their own land. The ChengLong Community took actions out of love. They hope their homeland will be blessed forever in reward for everyone’s effort.
The artists are making plans now to come to Cheng Long, and they will each send a “Hello” message to Cheng Long children and the community that we will post on this Blog soon along with photos from the artists.