Everyone always wonders about the winners and why they were in the end selected.We already posted the sketches for what the 2016 selected artists propose to create in Cheng Long Wetlands. All the artists selected have experience making large outdoor sculptures with biodegradable materials, and all are concerned about the environment and enjoy working with children and community people. Most of these artists have applied several times before to this art project and really want to come to Cheng Long and share a cultural and creative experience with the local community.
Here are more about the 2016 selected artists:
Amarsaikhan Namsraijav (Amar) from Mongolia
Amar from Mongolia will create 2 or 3 cart-like sculptures that are inspired by the traditional nomadic culture of Mongolia. One idea he proposed is to make the carts to actually carry water and have many containers of water on the carts to show how water may need to be moved around, since some areas have too much water and some have too little due to climate change and global warming. His other proposal is to make the cart sculptures without having them to carry water but instead be for carrying people and all their home belongings to a new place, since some land will no longer be good for living if global warming and climate change continues. His artwork can make us think about how many people may be forced to move with rising water and global warming. These carts will be sited on the sinking land in the wetlands or in areas of shallow water. Amar’s land in Mongolia has a very different problem than Cheng Long; in Mongolia it is very dry and there is increasing desertification instead of sinking land and rising water.
Amarsaikhan Namsraijav (Amar, 蒙古)
Claudia Aranovich from Argentina
Claudia from Argentina will create a series of “flowers for hope” using natural and biodegradable materials from Cheng Long area such as bamboo and reeds. The sculptural flowers will be sited in the wetlands in shallow water areas or on the sinking land. They will be different heights and sizes and remind us of the symbolic meaning of the lotus in Chinese culture. The lotus rises from the mud above the water and is a symbol of purity, renewal and long life. Her flower sculptures will remind us of the beauty of nature and the hope for a better environment that flowers symbolize.
Elena Redaelli from Italy living in Norway
Elena from Italy and now living in Norway will create an installation with many different parts that everyone in the community as well as the children can join in. She will create a sort of coral reef on land in Cheng Long Wetlands using the endangered coral reefs around the world as a symbol of our fragile ecosystem. She will create many sea creatures such as mollusks, crabs, clams and other animals living in the wetlands from recycled fabrics and clothing and natural rope as well as shells, driftwood, bamboo pieces and other natural materials collected in Cheng Long. Her sculpture installation can be in different parts of the wetlands and even on some of the existing structures, power poles and other elements in the wetlands area of Cheng Long. Her sculpture installation raises awareness about the endangered creatures living in the wetlands and our fragile ecosystem and hopes to make us more careful about protecting our environment.
Elena Redaelli (生於義大利/現居挪威)
Justin Tyler Tate from Canada living in Finland
Justin is from Canada, originally and has lived in the USA and Europe and is now living in Finland. Justin will create some floating sculptures that he calls “raft roofs” for the Cheng Long Wetlands. Justin plans to make 3 “raft roof” sculptures of various sizes and shapes and construct them from bamboo, driftwood or scrap wood. His sculptures will float out in the deep water of the wetlands. His artwork suggests a possible solution for the future if waters keep rising and flooding the land. People can turn their house roofs into floating rafts that can be used for shelter and floating on the water until rescue arrives to take them to dry land. He plans to live on one of his “raft roofs” for one night or more and share with the children and community his experience of living on the water in Cheng Long Wetlands.
Justin Tyler Tate (生於加拿大/現居芬蘭)
Chris Lee (Kuei-chih) from Taiwan
Chris (Kuei-chih) is from Yunlin, Taiwan living in Taipei, and he will create a large sculpture installation with bamboo, driftwood, shells, grass, soil, and other local natural materials that he is calling “2046 Relic”. His artwork will help us think about what the next 30 years might bring. His artwork is a sort of imaginary bridge to the future and will have parts on land and then going over the water and then up into the sky. His artwork is an imaginary view of the future and carries some worry along with some humor and stresses the human impact on the environment and asks us to think about what the Wetlands might be like in 2046.
Keep watching this Blog for the next Posts. We will be asking the 2016 artists to send a “Hello” message to Cheng Long and tell more about themselves so the children in Cheng Long can get to know them a little even before they arrive in Cheng Long on April 7.