Environmental art in a Taiwanese village

I found this great article on Art Radar, and it shows the power of art in our social and community capacity. Art connects us. It creates interaction. It gives hope. The article is from 2013, but it stays relevant 6 years later…

Huge site-specific sculptures sit among birds, reeds and muddy water in Taiwan’s 2013 Cheng-Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project. In April 2013, four international and two local artists gathered for 25 days in Cheng-Long Wetlands, a conservation preserve that sits beside a remote coastal village in Taiwan’s Yunlin County, to take part in an environmental artist residency and community renewal project that has been running for four years. ”

Ya-chu Kang, ‘Reservations’, 2013, bamboo table, recycled chairs, sisal rope, oyster shells, natural cotton fabric, Cyanotype made with discarded cooking pots, kitchen tools, found objects collected at the seashore and shapes gifted by local children. Photograph credit: Timothy S. Allen.

South African artist Janet Ranson has also participated in Cheng-Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project, working with found natural materials that included bamboo, palm, sisal, and shells.

Detail of the ‘Hungry Monster’, part of Janet Ranson’s ‘Circle of Life’ in which forms chases one another in a feeding frenzy. The messages on the bamboo strips were written by visitors on the Open Days.