2018 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project
What A Difference 9 Years Makes
Title: Cheng Long Shelter
Artist: Lee, Kuei-Chih
Materials: Bamboo, Branches, Driftwood, Oyster shell, Sisal rope
Size: Approximately 20m(L)x18m(W)x4m(H)
Location: Cheng-Long wetlands, Yunlin county, Taiwan
The Cheng Long Wetlands, located in Kouhu Township, Yunlin County, and the land used to be farmland. After the saltwater intrusion caused by typhoon Wayne in 1986 and typhoon Herb in1996, along with land subsidence issue, there were about 100 hectares of farmland completely flooded, hence, the farmland had become now the Cheng Long Wetlands.
It has been 9 years since the Forestry Bureau and the Kuan Shu Educational Foundation cooperated together to execute "Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project" in 2010. This project aims to start a conversation between people and the environment. Through environmental art, villagers are acquainted with the subsidence land from past to present. Also, environmental art is gradually blends into their daily life and gather them together annually. Time changed not only the appearance of land, but also our attitude toward nature, which makes our heart softer. Therefore, we cherish what we have now and truly experience the nature co-exist with us. In addition, environmental art is like a spiritual bridge which link the villagers and the land. Though this bridge, the villagers can walk through to the wetland where they used to live, look at the historical trace with a grateful heart, then, understand these are all gifts from mother nature.
The Cheng Long Wetlands is caused by the saltwater intrusion and land subsidence, so the main element--wind and water are added to this piece. I chose a subsidence zone to be the location of my piece. As tides and the switch of the sluice, the place changes the water stage every day, and we have different ways to appreciate this piece also. When the land is dry, we can walk around my piece to see it as a whole; When seawater enters, we can see the clear ball shape from the reflection of water, like our Earth surrounded by wind zone; When sea water completely submerges the entire area, it’s a period of climatic regulation.
Life is a process of spiral movement which is the very fundamental form in nature. For example, interplanetary, typhoon, earth revolution, DNA sequence, plant growth, and the process of reincarnation and so on, these are all samples existing in the way of spiral movement. The spiral movement plays an enlightenment and revealing role to help us to understand the universe, it is a physical space-time view. This natural sculpture is like a spiral that grows out of the wetland, with a quiet and flowing space in the middle. Slowly, we walk into this spiral space from outside to the middle. It’s like going from the external to the inner. In this process, we can feel the land, listen to the sound of bamboo and oyster shells, linking the nature and the villagers’ blessing. Moreover, this year is the ninth year of the environmental art project. And this spiral shape is similar to the number 9. Also, the pronunciation of the number 9 in Taiwanese sounds like long and good fortune which usually be used for blessing people.
Through the nine years’ art projects, some pieces have gradually disappeared over time; some pieces you can still recognize the remaining parts; and some pieces are on their path to fully disintegration. To respond to the spirit of the environmental art project." Cheng Long Shelter " built by 99%recycled natural materials, try to reduce waste, purchases, and carbon emissions as much as possible. Hope this artwork could shelter not only the people and the environment, but also the co-exist relationship between human and nature.
CHANG, WEI-HAO, CHENG, WEI-HSIN, CHEN, SHU-MAN, CHEN, YI-CHIEN, HUANG, YANG-CHENG, LIAO, CHAO-KUAN,
LI, HSIN-CHI, LI, KUN-YI, LI, TZU-YI, LIN, FENG-CHANG, LIN, TIEN-TSUNG, LU, WAN-TING, PU, CHE-NAN,
TIEN, JIH-CHENG, WANG, YAO-HSIN, WU,CHI-FENG, WU, YEN-CHENG.
Kuan Shu Educational Foundation
All Cheng Long villagers, volunteers and the beautiful wetlands.