杉原信幸 Nobuyuki Sugihara 《貝之船，關渡：編織．水 》The Ship of Shells, Guandu - Weaving Water
貝之船，關渡：編織．水 The Ship of Shells, Guandu - Weaving Water
協力 | Co-create
綾花中村 Ayaka Nakamura
年份 | Year
地點 | Location
三號賞鳥小屋 Birdwatching Cabin No. 3
材料 | Materials
Freshwater shell, peacock shell, urushi lacquer, rice flour, sticky rice flour, ash, shell powder, epoxy resin
理念 | Statement
When I appreciated the setting sun on the roof of the center in Guandu Nature Park, the landscape of the boundary between city and nature extending along the Tamsui River, and the shimmering ponds were engraved on my heart.
This art piece is the ships made of freshwater shells collected in Guandu Nature Park, and the peacock shells which were commonly found in the Tamsui River in the past. The freshwater shells collected by the volunteers from the mud in the pond were like shining treasures, these well-protected shells in Guandu Nature Park are a symbol of water purification. The peacock shells, which used to be abundant at Tamsui’s river mouth, are currently imported from New Zealand, which evokes the memories of a clean Tamsui River.
I strived for the best to use natural material according to the theme that reminds me of the sustainability and the continuation of the story. I connected shells with sticky rice glue made with the traditional technique in Taiwan. The Guandu Nature Park is surrounded by the vast rice paddies. I was surprised by the contrast between the city and the rice paddies. This well-protected nature park connected to rice paddies inspired me to use sticky rice glue.
Initially, epoxy resin was used in building certain part of one ship. However, since epoxy is bad for the body, I had to wear rubber gloves. It was a pleasant surprise when I used rice glue, as it can be touched with bare hands freely. I felt like weaving the shells with water.
The ship shines like a pearl is mimicking the glittering river lay between the city and nature I saw that day. It is a ship dedicated to Guandu Nature Park and the people conserving the boundary between nature and human activities. The effort of protecting a city that co-exists with nature is like a modern fairy tale.
Nobuyuki Sugihara was born in Nagano, Japan in 1980 and has graduated from the Master Course in Oil Painting of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. His creation connects with natural environments and primitive cultures and is expert in using natural materials (such as shell, stone, soil, grass, rope, net, fabric) to make installation with a mysterious primitive power which brings an impression of the ancient relic. He is the art director of the SHINANO Primitive Sense Art Festival since 2010.