This Post is to give some ideas of possible sites for the artworks as artists think about their proposals. Remember the deadline for proposals is February 8, 2012. See the complete Call for Proposals to the right here on the Blog, or send email to Jane Ingram Allen, Curator, firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2012 we want to have some of the artworks in thevillageofCheng Longand also have some artworks sited in the wetlands nature preserve area as in 2010 and 2011. By having some works around the village we think the art project will be connected more to the daily lives of the village residents. Maybe having art installations in the village and in the wetlands is also more connected to the theme of “What’s for Dinner?” So here are some photos and information about possible sites:
1. In the wetlands
Cheng Long Wetlands is a land and water areas leased by the Forestry Bureau, and it is a nature preserve that is home to many birds and other wildlife (fish, shrimp, crabs, clams, etc.). It is now used for environmental education and nature enjoyment. You can see lots of photos of artworks in 2010 and 2011 all sited at various spots in the wetlands. The wetlands can be used for floating artworks or for those anchored to the bottom or on dry land in the wetlands. There are dry land areas and areas where there is always water (varying in depth from a few inches to over your head). Most wetlands areas change their water levels depending on the rain, tides, typhoons and the water gates that control water in parts of the wetlands. It is usually salty water or part salty and part fresh water. The earth is salty, and it is difficult to grow anything here. There are some water plants growing here and some plants on the land areas, such as reeds. There are also some graves in the wetlands area that must be left alone, and there are also some old buildings, light poles and old oyster farming structures and nets in the wetlands area. We want to have some artworks in2012 indifferent parts of the wetlands, and maybe artists can somehow use things that are already there in the wetlands as part of the art installation. We want to have some tall artworks that can be seen from a great distance as well as some that are lower and maybe floating in the wetlands.
2. On or inside old houses or buildings
There are many old houses and buildings in the village that are abandoned, but someone usually still owns them and may use them for storage or sometimes for keeping pigs or other animals. We would negotiate with the owner if an artist who is selected wanted to use such a space. The artwork could be on the walls, on the roof, inside and outside the building or house, and maybe the artist could use the house as part of the artwork. Some alterations could possibly be made to the building or house, but probably not permanent ones….it is all negotiable. There is one building near the temple that is public property now, and we are thinking that the inside and outside of this building could be used for some art installations.
3. On vacant lots in the village and in private wetland areas
There are some pieces of land in the village that are vacant and have weeds or other things left there, like maybe cars, motor scooters, oyster shell waste, etc. These vacant lots are owned by someone, and we would negotiate with the owner if a selected artist wanted to use some vacant village land. There are also some wetland areas where water has risen that are owned by private individuals. Some are fish farms too. We could ask the owners about using these areas for art installations.
4. Open space in the village
The village has made a couple of park areas in the village, and these are just across the road from the wetlands nature preserve area. One of the parks has benches, tables and some planted vegetation, the other has not facility yet. There is also a big flat land area that is where children play baseball and used sometimes for public parking in the center of the village in front of the temple. Artists could use these areas for art installations. We would negotiate with the owner if a selected artist needed.
5. Along the roads of the village, on barriers and bridges
There are many roads and lanes in the village and some of these have land spaces along the roadway, and others have a concrete barrier along the roadway. Art could be put alongside the roads or on the concrete barrier or maybe over the streets.
6. Under the highway in Cheng Long village
There is an elevated highway that runs through Cheng Long village and the area underneath this highway is an interesting place to consider for artworks. Sometimes people use this area as a sort of park. There are some huge rocks brought there to make seating, and sometimes people hang out there. It is maybe difficult for children to come there because of the traffic on each side of this area. This area is nearly always shaded and covered by the overhead roadway.
7. On walls and fences in the village or near the highway
There are interesting walls and fences around many of the houses, and villagers and children have already painted murals on some of these. There are many more to choose from if some artist has an idea for installing his artwork on a wall or fence. We would negotiate with the owner to get his permission for using the wall or fence. There are also huge concrete walls along the highway and under the highway in Cheng Long that could be used for art installations.
8. In or on an existing business or store in Cheng Long
There are some fish packing factory building in Cheng Long that maybe could be used when we get the permission from the owner. There are also a few small stores, and we could ask about using these if an artist has an idea to use this site. Some people in the village do oyster farming, and their business is stringing oyster shells together or opening oysters to get the meat out. This business is usually done in an outdoor area just in front of the home. Artists might have an idea for using these spaces too, and we could negotiate with the owners.
You can see there are lots of possibilities, and you may come up with some other site that we have not even thought of. We will want to have all the artworks easily accessible to the public for viewing and also in safe areas for the children and the community. We plan to make a map so visitors can find all the artworks easily and make signs in some creative way to guide people to all of the 2012 artworks in the village and in the wetlands. Contact Jane by email if you have any specific questions or need more information. We look forward to seeing your proposal!