Kaoru Motomiya|龍與天空的洞 Dragon and Sky Hole

龍與天空的洞 Dragon and Sky Hole

Kaoru Motomiya

日本 Japan

年份 Year

材料 Materials
Wood and mixed media

理念 Statement



Our age is a time of rapid changes in the environment. Average temperatures in Taiwan are rising at a speed double that of the entire earth. When the amount of ozone decreases, more ultraviolet rays arrive at the surface of the earth and give us serious consequences. How can we fix the holes in the ozone? I was inspired by the information about global warming and developed this art project as a means of interpreting the impact of holes in the ozone.  In my work I will portray a tail of a sacred beast, the dragon.  In the ancient age of China and Japan, the dragon was considered to handle phenomena in the sky and brought rain or storms. He was usually in ponds and rarely ran up to the sky to tell an omen.

In this project, a white dragon will land on Guandu National Park. He will be a sky messenger embodying the effect of global warming by changing his color. The place where the dragon landed will be near water. Materials that I use will be mainly found pieces of wood painted with ink that changes its color by ultraviolet rays. The ink will be mixed with water I collected in 2007 from Venice, Italy, an island that is sinking because of global warming. The dragon’s tail will be long stretching out over the land. The metamorphosis engendered by the sunlight will show us something that is usually invisible: how many ultraviolet rays we have in daily life. It will tell a tale of the ozone holes now present in our atmosphere.

Traditionally the gem ball of a dragon is a symbol of its power.  In an old Japanese tale, a white dragon vomits gold gem balls.  I will let the dragon in the park also have some balls.  The balls will also turn their color to gold with ultra violet rays. Since 2000, I have been working on a project about “gold restoration,” thus these golden balls will also become a metaphor for the restoration of the ozone holes and the recovery from the crisis of global warming.