The 2016 Keelung International Marine Environmental Art Project artists are hard at work creating their outdoor sculpture installations at the National Museum of Marine Science & Technology, Keelung, Taiwan.
The photos here show the progress each artist is making.
Ester Fabregas of Spain is making an installation titled “Keelung Air Swimmers” and she is making 7 large swimming figures from recycled plastic bags that will be suspended from tall bamboo poles in Chaojing Park at the NMMST. Take a look at this video Ester made showing her “Keelung Air Swimmers” in progress: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4R4plgVlPU&feature=youtu.be
Patrick Demazeau of France is creating “A good blow of brush to clean the ocean” and he is putting in 15 large brooms made of bamboo at his Eco-Park site at the National Museum of Marine Science & Technology in Keelung. These photos show his progress:
Piotr Wesolowski of Poland is making his sculpture installation titled Horizon and using many bamboo sticks tied together with natural rope. His work is sited in the museum courtyard near the IMAX theater building. Here you can see how his structure is getting bigger and taller! Many volunteers are helping to clean some recycled fishing nets to use inside this structure that people will be able to enter.
Steve McPherson of England is making an installation titled “Markers” and it consists of 46 flags based on typical fishermen’s flags that he is sewing from recycled fabric such as old T-shirts and other clothing collected in Keelung. Volunteers are helping to write words and numbers in Chinese on the 46 flags, and each flag represents 1000 pieces of plastic that are floating in the world’s oceans. Steve’s artwork reminds us to take care about plastic waste in the oceans – it is estimated that there are 46,000 pieces of plastic waste now per square mile in the world’s oceans. Here you can see Steve working on the installation:
Tsuneo Sekiguchi from Japan is creating Keelung Rainbow Hut and using bamboo tied with natural rope to make a hut that people can enter and sit down to see rainbows created on the walls. He is making the hut inside the Chaojing Ocean Center workspace and will move it out to install soon in Chaojing Park. Volunteers are also helping Tsuneo to build his artwork. Here are some photos to see the progress on the Keelung Rainbow Hut.
Regine Neumann of Germany is making a large sculpture installations title “Just the Tip of the Iceberg”. You can see the outline now of the huge iceberg shape emerging from the grassy area near the ocean at EcoPark at the NMMST. Here are some photos to show Regine’s work in progress:
Yi-chiuan Li of Taiwan is creating “Sea Creature Gods” and working under the cover of a building near her site. She will install the sculptures next week on a grassy area near the NMMST Railway Station. She is building five sea creature gods using bamboo, recycled net, natural rope and long grass. Over the weekend members of her family came to help! Yi-chiuan will cover the bamboo, netting and grass structures with earth/stucco. Here you can see Yi-chiuan’s work in progress:
Keep watching this Blog to see how each of the artworks turns out! The artists will be finished by the end of the day June 3. We will have a symposium about environmental art in Taiwan on June 4, and the artists and curator Jane Ingram Allen will all make presentations plus we will have other speakers from Taiwan who are also doing environmental art projects and a discussion about the future of environmental art in Taiwan. Check the Museum’s website at http://www.nmmst.gov.tw for more information about the June 4 symposium.
The opening ceremony and public tours of the art project will be on Sunday June 5. Everyone is invited to come meet the artists and see the finished artworks the day. The artworks will remain on view around the NMMST through the end of August 2016 or longer.
The photos on this Blog are by Timothy S. Allen (allentimphotos2.wordpress.com).
策展人Curator: Jane Ingram Allen
攝影 Photographer: Timothy S. Allen (allentimphotos2.wordpress.com)