Posted by: janeingramallen | April 30, 2018

New Artworks Rising in Cheng Long Wetlands, Yunlin County, Taiwan

The 6 international artists selected for the 2018 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project continue making their large-scale environmental artworks in the wetlands of Cheng Long village, Kouhu Township, Yunlin County, Taiwan.

The press opening of the 2018 art project in Cheng Long is on Friday, ,May 4 at 10AM, and all the artworks will be completed by then. Thanks so much to all the villagers and other volunteers who are working hard to help the artists finish their artworks.

The public is invited to come to see the new artworks and participate in opening weekend DIY activities on Saturday afternoon May 5 and all day Sunday, May 6.  This year, since it is the 9th anniversary of the art project in Cheng Long, there will also be a symposium on May 12 and 13 at Cheng Long Elementary School.  The symposium titled “Environmental Art & Communities” will be an opportunity to exchange information and learn more about how environmental art can impact communities and discuss the future of environmental art in Taiwan.  To register for the symposium see the posting on this Blog or contact Chao-mei Wang at chenglong.artproject@gmail.com

Below are some photos of the 2018 artworks as progress on them continues.  It is great to see some of the new artworks being installed in the shallow water areas in parts of the wetlands and on land across from the wetlands.  It does take a village to make this art project, and we greatly appreciate the skill and knowledge of the local people who help the artists every year to build and install the artworks.

Artworks this year are by Myriam du Manoir of France, Firman Djamil of Indonesia, Ya-chu Kang of Taiwan, Marisa Merlin of Italy,  Kuei-chi (Chris) Lee of Taiwan, and Tsuneo Sekiguchi of Japan.  The curators of the 2018 art project are Jane Ingram Allen of USA and Chao-mei Wang of Taiwan.  Photos on the Blog are by Timothy S. Allen.

The weather is very hot and humid in Cheng Long now, and thanks to everyone for all of the very hard work to make this art project ready for the opening on Friday, May 4.

Many people helped move and install Ya-chu’s artwork in the wetlands near the bird blind area.

Marisa’s 9 bridges are all up now, and she and her volunteer are tying them again to make them stronger.

 

 

A crew from Taiwan Public Television came to interview the artists.

Tsuneo’s “Rainbow Time Machine” is waiting for the monkeys that he will create on the limbs of the tree in his diorama.

Chris Lee and volunteers continue to work on the ramp floor for his Cheng Long Shelter installation.

You can start to see the QR code reference now in Ya-chu Kang’s installation.

Villagers and volunteers helped with the installation of parts of Ya-chu Kang’s artwork.

Tsuneo is shaping some driftwood collected at the local beach to make part of his artwork.

Firman is giving his artist night presentation with his volunteer.

Firman is making 9 support structures now for his 9 bamboo waves.

Ya-chu’s volunteer Ivy peeks out from behind the fabric of oyster shells and rope that will come down from the huge bamboo knitting needle in the artwork.

Myriam’s big wings are almost ready to install. Many volunteers helped with the weaving.

We were invited to a wedding banquet by a local family on Saturday. The bride was beautiful in red for the first appearance and later changed to the traditional white wedding dress. The lunch was amazing with 12 or more dishes, all delicious.

Firman is installing some of his 9 Waves in the wetlands now.

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