十年回顧展 A 10-Year Retrospective
《潮語2_回看》Tide Whisper 2: Looking Back
關渡國際自然裝置藝術季：十年回顧 A 10-Year Retrospective
Artist: Lee, Kuei-Chih
Co-create: Chiang, Pei-Zhi; Lin, Chang-Hsin
Materials: Branches, rattan, hemp ropes, bamboo
Location: Coastal Forest, Guandu Nature Park
The boats rise out of the soil slowly and one by one float above the land of Guandu Nature Park. The course taken by these boats meander and intertwine nature with art. This is also a ten-year look back on the Guandu International Outdoor Sculpture Festival.
This artwork is located at an area which is less frequented by visitors. The artwork hopes to combine natural art installations into the current landscape, in order to draw visitors to view this area with a new perspective. The artwork is a habitat for plants and animals, as well as an organic sculpture that will change over time. My idea is to connect the flow temporality with the concept of water by using boats as symbols of space movement and responding to the tenth Festival’s theme “A Tribute to Tides”.
The boats assembled with tree branches and the nests made from rattan can be regarded as birds’ biological memories in the change of time and space. They are like cradles carrying with different stories, which lead us through the pictures of past artworks. The bird sculptures combine the annual results of the bird survey conducted by Guandu Nature Park. From the bird survey between 2005 to 2014, ten species of birds whose number have been found to fluctuate significantly over time were selected. The bird sculptures represent Guandu Nature Park's effort in wetland habitat conservation and the environment, where this change in wildlife population over a decade are taken from the abstract and presented physically.
The growth and decline of bird population in past ten years reflect environmental change at Guandu, and as well as on a global level.
The artwork used the latest 10-year record from line transect bird survey done by Guandu Nature Park and chose ten species whose changes in numbers were more pronounced. The increase of the birds that prefer dense forest, includes Japanese white-eye, Chinese bulbul, Black bulbul, Oriental turtle dove, tells the effort of Guandu Nature Park to reforest areas to provide cover for birds. The huge decline of winter migratory birds such as the Common teal, Black-faced bunting, and the constant appearance of Eurasian spoonbill, suggests these migrants maybe stopping flying south for the winter as a result of global warming. The population increase in some birds such as the non-native African sacred ibis or the once migratory Black-winged stilt, suggests that Guandu wetland has become a great place to live and breed. On the other hand, the changes in numbers of Wood sandpiper which is usually considered to be more easily affected by human activities, when compared to other sandpipers, can be regarded as a warning of increase in human impact on the environment in the Guandu area.
Environmental changes impact birds and human beings as well. You and I, we are all part of this environment. Today birds, tomorrow human.
Many of the artworks in the Guandu International Outdoor Sculpture Festival are actually collaborative efforts between artists and volunteers. My idea for this entrance installation is to create lines radiating from the center and outward, to symbolize all the support from communities, groups and individuals. This entrance also represents the care people have given to working together to create and make this event possible.