Posted by: janeingramallen | May 1, 2016

2016 Cheng Long Wetlands Art Project OPENS

The 2016 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project Opening Weekend is happening now April 30 and May 1, 2016 in Cheng Long village, Yunlin County, Taiwan. The opening activities with the international artists continue today, Sunday, May 1, from 9:30 to 11:30 in the morning and from 2:30 to 5:30 in the afternoon.

The 6 artworks are all completed, and we invite everyone to come visit and talk with the artists today, Sunday, May 1. The artists will leave to go back to their own countries on Monday, May 2, but the artworks will remain on view in Cheng Long Wetlands until they biodegrade and go back to nature. In April 2017 we expect to have new artists coming to create new artworks. The artworks this year are created with all natural and biodegradable materials and will not pollute the water or harm the wildlife in the wetlands nature preserve area.

In 2016 Cheng Long Villagers also created an artwork this year for the 2016 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project. Their work is titled “Bridge to the Future” and creates a pathway for people to go out into the wetlands and appreciate the beauty of this place. Here is a photo of the villager’s artwork on April 30, 2016.IMG_6242-Edit1-2

Amarsaikhan Namsraijav from Mongolia created a sculpture installation titled “Moving to Dry Land – Nomadic Culture”. Here is a finished photo on April 30 of this massive artwork in the wetlands that imagines carrying the water from a very wet place such as Cheng Long Wetlands to a very dry desert area such as Mongolia.IMG_71111
Chris Lee (Li Kuei-chih) of Taiwan created a sculpture installation on, in and around an old fishing hut in Cheng Long Wetlands. His artwork is titled “2046 Relic” and it asks us to imagine what the wetlands might be like in thirty more years. This finished photo shows his artwork on April 30.IMG_71381
Elena Redaelli of Italy now living in Norway created a sculpture installation titled “All Lives of Nature” and her work is sited on, in and around the bird blind at Cheng Long Wetlands. Her many elements of this installation were created to represent the plants, animals and all life in the wetlands. Here is a photo of the finished artwork on April 30, 2016.IMG_71311
Justin Tyler Tate of Canada and now living in Finland created a sculpture installation that is floating in the water of the wetlands. His work titled “Raft Roofs” appears like roofs of houses rising from the waters, and it offers a fanciful solution for rising waters…just float to safety in the roof of your house that also is a raft. Here’s a photo of the 3 finished “raft roofs” on April 30, in Cheng Long Wetlands.IMG_62561
Claudia Aranovich of Argentina created a sculpture installation of 6 large flowers made of bamboo and natural materials. Her work is sited in the shallow water of the wetlands rising from the water. Here is a photo of Claudia’s work “Flowers for the Future” on April 30, 2016.IMG_62531

All photos here are by Timothy S. Allen ( The Cheng Long Wetlands International Art Project is curated by Jane Ingram Allen of USA, artist, art writer and curator (


  1. It looks like another successful project year with some fabulous completed works. And its great to see glimpses of previous works still going strong as well.

  2. cleverness idea and powerful thoughts!!!!! i hope the artists and people enjoy it very much….But why all the medium of the art works are so same?…..

    • Hello, Thanks so much for your comment. All the artists were required to use local natural or recycled materials that are biodegradable and can be collected for free in this area of Taiwan. We got most all of the materials from the seashore washed up as driftwood (the recycled bamboo comes from old oyster growing platforms that are destroyed in a Typhoon and then wash up on shore) and we also collected things to use from the local recycling center. We try to keep all aspects of the project environmental! Artists cannot use wire or plastic or any other materials that would pollute the wetlands nature preserve area as all the works this year were sited in the wetlands. There are quite a few different materials and techniques used by the six art projects this year and all look very different and reflect the different cultures and viewpoints of the individual artists. This is an outdoor sculpture exhibition and environmental and in southern Taiwan and bamboo is really the most sustainable and available material to use for large-scale sculptures. I think all of the works used some bamboo and also the sisal rope to join things and bamboo nails! Thanks again and keep looking at the Blog. The call for 2017 proposals should be out in November of 2016. Best wishes, Jane

      • Thanks dear jane, for a really wonderful reply.

  3. Hello, We missed your family coming to visit in Cheng Long, but so much enjoyed seeing Kate and Jonny here again! Yes, this year was very successful, and the artists created big and wonderful artworks. The whole village was involved and the kids. The volunteers were also super!
    Thanks so much, and hope you can come again to Taiwan soon. Best wishes, Jane

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