The international artists for the 2018 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project are making good progress on the 6 new artworks for 2018.  The art project is curated by Jane Ingram Allen from America and Chao-mei Wang from Taiwan and organized by the Kuan Shu Environmental Education Foundation in Cheng Long village, Yunlin County, Taiwan. This is the 9th year of the annual international environmental art project, and 2018 has the theme of “What a Difference 9 Years Makes”.  Artists who have participated as selected artists in previous years were invited to send proposals. The 2018 selected artists are:
Myriam du Manor from France who came to Cheng long first in 2010
Firman Djamil from Indonesia who came first in 2011
Ya-chu Kang from Taiwan who came first for the art project in 2013
Tsuneo Sekiguchi from Japan who came in 2015
Marisa Merlin of Italy who also came in 2015
Chris Lee from Taiwan who first came for the art project in 2016

Below are photos showing the progress that the artists are making on their new artworks. The public opening weekend is May 5 and 6 and everyone is invited to come to see the finished installations.  On Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday May 5 and 6 there will be DIY activities with the artists for people of all ages. Check back here for more photos and information on the 2018 art project in Cheng Long.  Photos in this Blog are by Timothy S. Allen (

Chris Lee’s Cheng Long Shelter going up.

Myriam du Manoir’s Wings over the Wetlands in process

Ya chu Kang’s artwork being constructed in a park across from the wetlands

Firman Djamil of Indonesia and his volunteer continue making his “9 Waves” art installation in the bird blind area at Cheng Long Wetlands

Firman Djamil preparing many bamboos for his installation “9 Waves”.

Tsuneo Sekiguchi from Japan and his volunteer continue working on his Rainbow Time Machine artwork in the beautiful sunset at Chang Long Wetlands.

Volunteers help tie together the framework for Myriam’s big “wings” artwork.


Marisa Merlin of Italy continues her work on 9 Bridges, and some volunteers from the village brought a small tent to help protect the artist and volunteers from the hot sun.

Ya-chu Kang’s artwork with oyster shells and bamboo grows over the water of the wetlands

Sunset view of Tsuneo’s Rainbow Time Machine

Sunset view of Chris Lee’s Cheng Long Shelter

Setting up one of the “bridges” for Marisa’s artwork

Burning some bamboo to get the black charcoal color to create the deer on Tsuneo’s Rainbow Time Machine

Chris Lee and volunteers continue to make his artwork Cheng Long Shelter

Both wings for Myriam’s artwork have the main structure finished, and now more weaving is needed to fill in some of the diamond shapes.

Tsuneo is using split bamboo to fill in the background for the diorama of an ideal landscape he is creating  on his artwork Rainbow Time Machine.

Chris Lee and a volunteer continue working on his Cheng Long Shelter.

Ya-chu Kang and her volunteer use a raft to carry out more materials to add to her art installation

Children are helping to remove some of the bricks used in an artwork last year so that there is a good clear space for Marisa’s new artwork “9 Bridges”.

Not Always working artists and volunteers have an early morning Yoga class with Japanese artists Tsuneo

Posted by: janeingramallen | April 24, 2018

Artists Working in the Cheng Long Wetlands of Taiwan

The 6 international artists for 2018 are now working very hard in the wetlands of Cheng Long, Yunlin County, Taiwan, to create new sculpture installations on the theme of “What a Difference 9 Years Makes”.   For 2018 the artists making new works are:  Myriam du Manoir from France; Marisa Merlin from Italy, Tsuneo Sekiguchi from Japan, Firman Djamil from Indonesia, Chris Lee from Taiwan and Ya-chu Kang from Taiwan.  These artists have all been to Cheng Long before during the 9 years of the project, and they are experiencing the changes in the village and the wetlands over the years.

Jane Ingram Allen, Curator from America, did not come to Cheng Long last year, and she was surprised that the wetlands have much more water now, and is is quite deep water!  There are fewer places it is possible for artists to work in the wetlands and to put the new artworks that come each year.  Because Taiwan did not have a bad typhoon last year, many of the old artworks were still standing, though damaged from winds.  We removed and recycled 4 artworks from previous years to make a good place for the new artworks.  Some artworks from previous years are still on view in the wetlands that were not in places that were needed for 2018.  Artists this year require big spaces on land and shallow water, and although the wetlands are very big now, it is not possible for the 2018 artists to put their works far out in the water or for people to view them from such a distance.

We have found good places now for all the new artworks, and you can see them rising at the sites selected.  Everyone is having a good time with the Cheng Long Elementary School children and the villagers.  On Thursday afternoons the artists are working with their class of school children to help the children learn about their country and to introduce their new artwork and get the children involved in helping to make it.  In the next few weeks we will continue to post new photos showing the progress on the 2018 artworks.

The opening weekend for the 2018 art project is May 5 and 6, and there will be public activities with the artists at their site each day that weekend.  Check back here for more details and to see the finished artworks for the opening ceremony and press conference on Friday, May 4.  Lots of hard work to do in these next two weeks!

Villager taking a raft for Ya-chu Kang to use to carry materials to her site in the wetlands water near the bird blind.

Chris Lee and his volunteer are staring to put up the foundation for his “Cheng Long Shelter” artwork on land near the highway that is partly wet now.

Artists and volunteers and villagers work together to raise the big arch of bamboo for Tsuneo Sekiguchi’s artwork sited on the partly muddy land near the highway in the wetlands.


Marisa Merlin working on her installation called 9 Bridges, measuring and cutting many pieces of bamboo. Her work will be sited on land that is dry so people can walk into it.

Myriam du Manoir and her volunteer are starting to make the framework for her large wings on land across from the wetlands, and then will install them later in a shallower area of the wetlands.


Firman Djamil is working now inside the bird blind to make his sculpture with bamboo, called “9 Waves”. It will be installed later in the shallower water of the wetlands. He is working on Wave #4 now!


Sunset in the wetlands behind Tsuneo’s arch that is the beginning of his artwork “Rainbow Time Machine.

Ya-chu Kang and her volunteer are making many fabric-like pieces with oyster shells and recycled line to use for her artwork that will be installed in the shallower water of the wetlands near the bird blind.







































The photos were taken by Timothy S. Allen from America, and you can see more of his photos at his Blog

Posted by: janeingramallen | April 18, 2018

2018 Cheng Long Wetlands International Art Project Begins!

This year Jane Ingram Allen from America, our curator since 2010 for this art project is back in Taiwan again for the 9th anniversary of the Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project.  Jane began the environmental art project in 2010 with the support of Taiwan’s Kuan Shu Educational Foundation in the small village of Cheng Long in Yunlin County, Kouhu Township, on the southwest coast of Taiwan.  Jane has been in Cheng Long every year for the art project except 2017.  This year she is co-curating the art project with Chao-mei Wang, who has been the administrator every year for the art project as well as the Head Educator for the Kuan Shu Foundation.  Jane says it is great to be back in Cheng Long to see old friends and meet the new volunteers and see all the changes in the small fishing village, especially how much the children have grown.
來自美國的策展人Jane Ingram Allen今年再度回到台灣,親自參與第九屆的「成龍溼地國際環境藝術計畫」。Jane從2010年開始與台灣的觀樹教育基金會一起合作,在台灣西南沿海的雲林縣口湖鄉成龍村推動這個環境藝術計畫。除了2017年之外,Jane每年藝術節都來到成龍村,今年她與觀樹教育基金會的環境教育主任王昭湄共同擔任此藝術計畫的策展人,王昭湄多年以來也負責本計畫的行政事務統籌。Jane很開心能回到成龍,見見老朋友,也認識新的志工,親眼看看這個小漁村的所有改變,尤其發現小朋友長大很多!

This year we decided to invite artists back who had been to the project before, and the theme for this anniversary year is “What A Difference 9 Years Makes” to focus on the changes in the village and the Cheng Long Wetlands over the 9 years that the art project has been happening each year. The 6 selected artists for this year are: Myriam du Manor from France who came to Taiwan to do this project in 2010 our first year, Marisa Merlin from Italy who came for this project first in 2015, Tsuneo Seckiguchi from Japan who first came for this project also in 2015, Firman Djamil from Indonesia who came first for this project in 2011, Chris Lee from Taiwan who came first for this project in 2016, and Ya-chu Kang from Taiwan who came first for this project in 2013. Jane and these 6 artists along with Jane’s husband Timothy S. Allen, our photographer, will be here in Cheng Long from April 12 to May 14 to create new artworks in the Wetlands.  Also, this year we will have a reunion and symposium from May 11-13 on the topic of “Environmental Art and Communities”. Many other environmental art curators, future curators, as well as other previous artists, community people, other environmental art managers and educators will join in the symposium and reunion celebration.  For more information and to register to attend the symposium on May 11-13, please check this link:
今年我們決定邀請曾經參與過藝術計畫的藝術家回來,主題訂為「作伙倒轉來」,著眼在成龍村和成龍溼地在藝術節舉辦這九年間的變化。六位獲選的藝術家有:2010年的法國藝術家Myriam du Manor,那一年是成龍溼地國際環境藝術節的第一年;另外還有2015年的義大利藝術家Marisa Merlin、2015年日本藝術家Tsuneo Seckiguchi、2016年台灣藝術家李蕢至,以及2013年的台灣藝術家康雅筑。Jane和這六位藝術家,以及Jane的先生、也是攝影師的Timothy S. Allen會在4/12至5/14之間住在成龍村裡,為成龍溼地創作新作品。此外,今年5/11至5/13將有個大團圓和論壇,主題是「環境藝術與社區」。許多環境藝術的策展人、未來的策展人、之前參與過這個計畫的藝術家、村民、其他環境藝術計畫的策展和教育者也將一同共襄盛舉。如需更多5/11-13的論壇資訊及報名,請詳見「成龍溼地國際環境藝術計畫」這則部落格文章:

Below you can see some photos from our first few days of the 2018 Cheng Long Wetlands art project.  The photos were taken by Timothy S. Allen, and he will also be posting more photos on his own photo Blog at and on the Blog for the art project at
以下是幾張2018年成龍溼地藝術計畫頭幾天的照片,由Timothy S. Allen拍攝,他會持續在他的部落格(  )和本藝術計畫的部落格( )更新更多照片。

Check back here and also on the project’s Facebook page to see more information and photos as the artworks are created for the 2018 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project.
請鎖定本部落格和藝術計畫的粉絲頁( ),將有更多關於「2018成龍溼地國際環境藝術計畫」的消息和照片。

Posted by: QQmei | April 13, 2018

All 2018 Artists arrived!!!

5/11作伙團圓  + 5/12.13 倒轉來論壇
詳細簡章及報名表, 請見:

The symposium will be in English and Chinese.  Some presentations will be in English and some in Chinese with translation provided. Space is limited, so please register early.
If you are international artists, curators or environmental educators who are interested in the symposium, please contact us by :

Final - Reunion + Symposium schedule renew

firman djamil

Aga kareba! (In the Bugisnese language that means “How are you!”)
Aga kareba!(這句話是印尼的布吉語,意思是「你好嗎?」)

I came to ChengLong in 2011 , so long ago. I also stopped for 2 days in 2015. I am very happy to return to ChengLong for this year 2018.

I now live in a village called Timbuseng; this is outside the city of Makassar , which is 14 kilometers away. Sometimes when I go to town I have to cross the river by boat.

I am now living in a foursome with my wife and 2 children. My wife is named Sari Kumala;  first son isnamed Andi Zacky Magello 5 years old, and the second child is Andi Alsyah Zani 1 year and 3 months old.
我和我的太太、兩個小孩,一家四口住在一起。我太太的名字叫做Sari Kumala,大兒子叫Andi Zacky Magello,五歲;第二個孩子叫作Andi Alsyah Zani,一歲三個月大。

Makassar is the capital of South Sulawesi province; here we use many local languages, such as Makassar, Bugis, Mandar, Massenreng Pulu, Konjo and Toraja languages, but we are a family in tradition and culture.

Bugis and Konjo tribes, who inhabit the Southern part of the island of Sulawesi,are at Tanjung Bira or Tana Beru and are marvelous sailors. They are the legendary wooden boat makers who make thePINISI boats. Pinisi wooden boats have two pillars or masts and are still made today. On its traditional voyagethe Pinisi boat sailed across the ocean to Madagascar and the Aboriginal islands of the Northern part of the Australian Continent to trade and find sea cucumbers.

For my work in natural art projects, some of the works I have made include a work in the GNAB-Korea titled: “Soul, the Rivers in the Tree”.   I consider the tree to be a river that stands up straight through the water all the time. In 2015 I was present at Keelung Taipei with Karya: Living in Rompong, made of bamboo construction; it was about how we adapt to live on water. In 2014 at the Royal Botanical Garden -Toronto in Canada,my work is titled: O2 Chinmey; it ismade from wood and leaf materials, also sand and coral. Forests and Planktons in the ocean are somethings that reduce carbon to Oxygen. Oxygen is the key to life.

For my future installation work in ChengLong 2018, I will make a work of woven hemisphere-shaped bamboo to create9 waves;  I titled this work 9 Ombak. It refers to waves and ocean waves as bringing nutrients to beaches and land.

Soon I will be with the community and the children of Cheng Long, and I will be happy to be there with 9 waves to commemorate the years of Cheng Long Wetlands International Art Project in 2018.

Kareba Madeceng!  (Best Wishes)
祝  好!

Firman Djamil

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHello! I’m back again! It’s been 5 years since I joined the ChengLong Wetlands International Environmental Art Project last time. I find the kids growing a lot now. How time flies!

I came back to Cheng Long from time to time during the past 5 years, but just stayed a very short time. So I’m happy and looking forward to spending more time here with you again.

I’ve joined many art projects in many places during the past years. For example, I went to Peru in early 2015 for a field trip on textiles along its west coast and in the Andes mountains, and I published a book “Textile Map” afterwards. At the end of 2015, I participated in an environmental art project in central India, working with craftsmen and villagers in the rural area on a sculpture made of bamboos. In April, 2016, I created an artwork beside a beautiful cherry tree in an ancient tomb in Ikeda, Gifu, Japan. At the end of 2017, I did weaving with local kids in school in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

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My art path is therefore complete because of all of you who work hard to live a fulfilling life.



Hello! I’m very happy to come back to Chenglong to meet you again.

When I went to Chenglong in 2010, it was the first time that I went abroad and to Asia. All was very nice.  當我2010年到成龍的時候,那是我第一次出國,也是第一次到亞洲,整個經驗非常棒。

It was my first environmental art project, but it was always very well-organized, and we were all very welcomed by the children, by the school, by the volunteers, the organizers, and everybody in Chenglong. I keep an excellent memory of the food. It was so nice.

So, I can’t imagine how it will be now, because I don’t know if it’s 9…projects, I think? But I am sure it will be very well, will be worth of it.

Since I came to Chenglong, I have made many art projects. I made some of them in France, one in Germany, and I went five times again in Asia, one time in South Korea, one time China, and two times in India. In these countries, I made art projects with earth and recycled glass bottles. I made shelters. I wanted to show we can build with materials good for health and sustainable materials. It is better for people…

When I came to Chenglong for the first time, my children were teenagers. It was not very easy for me. But now they are young adults. It’s easier.

I’m very excited to come back. I’m sure I will do a good work together, and we will have fun together. So, see you soon! Bye~

Lee, Kuei-ChihHello everyone, I am very happy to come to Cheng Long wetland again this year. I was born in Tuku town, Yunlin county, and grew up in Taipei. I often create artwork in different places,and especially like to creat in the natural environment. Sometimes I go back to Chenglong Elementary School to visit children and villagers again, when I pass through Yunlin county. Do you remember? Now I live in the mountains of New Taipei city, and the ecological environment here is good.  The Taiwan Blue Magpies wake me up sometimes in the morning.

I love to use natural materials and flowing images to make my work and talk about the story of myself and sometimes link to the local society. I am trying to make my work become the poetic image in a different place and convert it to a bridge linking the human and nature.

I created “Relic 2046” in 2016. I remember having created a lot of future creatures with many children at that time. And after that, I went to many places to create more artworks, such as Taiwan(Keelung, Taipei, New Taipei, Hsinchu, Taichung, Yunlin, Chiayi, Yilan, Hualien) , Japan(Nagano), South Korea(Gangwon-do, Busan) and Iceland(Garður).


“蜃景-陸地幻景(Mirage-Land Illusion)”

I curated a small land art festival in the rice fields for Qingshui district, Taichung City, Taiwan in 2016. In 2017, I did Keelung’s public art project and created a work called “Mirage”. It was a land-based illusory coral reef sculpture created using abandoned equipment from fire power plants in combination with driftwood and marine litter.


起風 (Windy)

In Japan Nagano Prefecture I participated in the “Japan Alps Art Festival” organized by the famous Japanese curator Fram Kitagawa, and I created a “Windy” work using local branches at the top of the mountain.

In 2016, I made the work “Songshan Bamboo Meander” at the “2016 North Coast Art Field” festival in Shimen district, New Taipei City. In 2017 I created the work “The Ripple Maze” for the “2017 Ilan Green Expo” and the work “Flowing light” at the “2018 Chiayi Taiwan Lantern Festival”.  These were all large-scale bamboo works and included participation with the local community.


It was also an honor to be invited to participatein the “Fresh Winds International Art Biennale 2017 – 2018” in Iceland, which is a very different experience creating in the land of ice and fire. In addition, they decided to keepmy work “Flowing light” in Chiayi city in place when the festival ended. Chiayi city is not so far from Cheng Long village, and hopefiully I can have the opportunity to take everyone to see it !

About my work in Cheng Long wetland this year. I will use recycled materials such as bamboo and oyster shells to make it, and through the wind and water elements try to respond to the changes of the Cheng Long wetland over these years. It looks like the number 9 and also looks like a spiral.

Hope see you soon and work with you again!


Since Roger could not participate in the artists’ residency in April and May, he came to visit Chenglong on the last day he stayed in Taiwan for the TaoYuan Agriculture Expo. Let’s see what a difference Roger found in Cheng Long Village.

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