Before announcing the 2012 new art project, we would like to share you 2 lovely essays written by Duncan and Birony from New Zealand. They visited the 2011 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project with their parents and wrote about their experiences for our catalog.
From Duncan Fraser (Age 13)
During April this year my family and I went on holiday toTaiwan. During this time I was fortunate enough to go to a small village on the west coast ofTaiwancalled Cheng Long. I had a great experience playing with the local school kids. The school is part of an environmental art project that happens at the wetlands nearby, with artists coming from all around the world. I was amazed to discover that Cheng Long was once a farming village, and it makes me sad to know that years of typhoons have turned farms into wetlands. The artists I believe are doing a great thing for this small struggling village. I spent the afternoon working with the artist Rumen fromBulgariawho was working with kids my age (12-14). We made “boats” using only natural resources from the area. We used driftwood, reeds and bamboo. It was really fun; all the kids had a great time, and a few students (me included) got really muddy installing our boat into the wetlands. Even though we had little language in common, we still had a lot of fun, and I enjoyed it a lot. It is pretty cool knowing I was part of something like this. I wish I could come back next year and do it all again.
From Briony Fraser (Age 11)
In April this year I was on holiday inTaiwanwith my family. While we were there, my aunt and uncle arranged for us to spend an afternoon in Cheng Long with some of the local school children. It was so different from home. I helped them with an art project they now do each year with international artists using only natural materials from the wetlands. I spent time with the artist Karen, who is fromPeru, helping to make a floating garden with the 9 and 10 year old class. We used bamboo and local wood for the pots and twine to tie it together. Then we used some of the wetland plants and put them in the pots. These were arranged on a large floating wooden wheel. This was going to be floated out into the wetlands, but I didn’t get to see that happen. I had a lot of fun with all of the kids, both doing the art and afterwards. We did things like riding bikes, playing soccer and playing a game called wall ghost. This was a great experience for me, and I would never do anything like this at home inNew Zealand. It showed me I have so much compared to these children, but they still know how to have as much fun as I do here inNew Zealand.