It has been raining a lot in Keelung, Taiwan, but the artists are all starting to work on their outdoor sculpture installations around the National Museum of Marine Science & Technology. The 7 selected international artists for the 2016 project (Envisioning the Future of Our Oceans) are all working hard now, and many volunteers are coming to help them. We have also had some visits from students in Badouri Elementary School and other nearby schools. We also had a group of art teachers visit the art project. It is great that more local people are hearing about the art project and coming to visit and help out the artists.
We also had a vist from a bamboo master who has a shop and bamboo store in a nearby city. The bamboo master came to demonstrate some bamboo working techniques for the artists.
Below are some photos of the seven 2016 artists beginning their artworks.
Ester Fabregat – Spain is creating “Keelung Air Swimmers” using recycled plastic bags. She is cutting and sewing and putting the large swimming figures together and will “fly” them from tall bamboo poles in the Caoching Park area at the NMMST. Ester’s colors are very bright and will be exciting to see blowing in the wind near the ocean at the NMMST.
西班牙藝術家 Ester Fabregat 正在使用回收塑膠袋來創作她的作品-“飛天泳士”。Ester正在裁剪、縫紉這些色彩鮮明的回收塑膠袋，這些塑膠袋最後會蛻變成游泳的人形飛揚在空中。到時候作品將會豎立於潮境公園的草坪上，請大家一起來觀賞！
Tsuneo Sekiguchi – Japan is creating “Keelung Rainbow Hut” that will be a round structure of bamboo that people can enter and sit and watch rainbows appearing on the walls of the hut. He is starting to make several large circles of bamboo and then will join it all together to make the hut. His work will be in Caoching Park also sited near a small pond of water.
Patrick Demazeau (MADE) – France has started to work on his installation titled “A Good Blow of Brush to Clean the Ocean”. He is making 15 giant brooms of bamboo and other natural materials collected in Keelung area and the broom will be installed in the Eco-Park area of the NMMST. Patrick has temporarily put in one long bamboo pole and some smaller bamboo branches around it to see how the installation will look at his site, and now he is gathering and splitting bamboo to make the bristles of the brushes/brooms. We hope it will be dry enough on Friday to make the holes to put in all the big bamboo poles for Patrick’s installation.
Regine Neumann – Germany/Canada is creating an installation titled “The Tip of the Iceberg” that relates to the issue of global warming and melting solar ice caps. Her huge iceberg is constructed of bamboo, tied with natural rope and then covered with white recycled fabric. Her work is also sited in the Eco-Park area at the NMMST, and she is now laying out the piece and starting the foundation of the big iceberg.
Piotr Wesolowski – Poland is making a large sculpture that viewers can enter and feel the difference between the hard structured outside and the softer fluid inner part. He is using bamboo and tying it with natural rope, and will use some recycled fishing net inside his structure. His artwork titled “Horizon” is going up in the Museum’s courtyard near the IMAX theater.
Yi-chiuan Li – Taiwan is creating a series of “Sea Creature Gods” and they will be sited near the NMMST Railway Station in a green grassy area. She is using local earth/clay, grass and other local vegetation, natural rope and a bamboo framework. She is making the bamboo framework now for the shape of the “creature gods.” She is hoping to get 5 of the creature gods made, and Yi-chiuan said she really needs some more volunteers to help her.
Steve McPherson – UK is creating an installation of 46 flags mounted on long bamboo poles that will be installed on the bridge leading to the Regional Exploration Building at the NMMST. He is busy now cutting recycled fabrics collected in Keelung to make the flags. The Museum staff collected some recycled clothing before the artists arrived and Steve brought some recycled fabrics froms his home in England. Today we went to the local recycling center and collected some more fabric for Steve’s artwork. Yellow recycled fabric has been hard to find, and he is hoping that he has enough now to make all the 46 flags. Steve has also been collecting lots of fishing floats that wash up on the local beach to use in his artwork.
All photos on this Blog are by Timothy S. Allen (allentimphotos2.wordpress.com). Jane Ingram Allen is the curator for the 2016 Keelung International Marine Environmental Art Project. Thank you to all the artists, volunteers, and students who have come out to help create the artworks during this 25 day residency in Keelung. Our opening day is Sunday, June 5!
Keep watching this Blog for more photos as the artworks grow and get finished for the ㄋopening ceremony on June 5.
策展人Curator: Jane Ingram Allen
攝影 Photographer: Timothy S. Allen (allentimphotos2.wordpress.com)