Artist-in-residence environmental art project kicks off in Yunlin

Taipei--A number of artists have taken up residence at the Cheng Long Wetlands in south-central Taiwan's Yunlin County for a 25-day artist-in-residence program that is part of an international environmental art project to raise public awareness of environmental issues, the event organizer said on Sunday.

Seven landscape installation sculptures created by artists from home and abroad will be displayed from May 8 at the wetlands in Kouhu Township at the official opening of the 2017 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project, according to the Kuan-Shu Educational Foundation, which organizes the event.

The art project, now in its eighth year, aims to raise awareness about collective environmental responsibility for the wetlands and how people can work together in harmony with nature to rebuild and readjust to the changing environment, the foundation said.

The artworks will emphasize the natural cycle of life: birth, life, death and rebirth, while encouraging the community to take action to protect the environment, it added.

The project this year attracted submissions from 180 artists in 55 countries and seven entries were selected for installation at the wetlands, according to the foundation.

The artists whose works were selected include two Taiwanese -- Jane Liou (??) and Tsai Hui-ying (???) -- and several foreign artists -- Annechien Meier & Gert-Jan Gerlach from the Netherlands, Inga Shalvashvili from Georgia, Piotr Wesolowski from Poland and Rob Mulholland from the United Kingdom.

Another work was created by the Cheng Long Villagers Team, the foundation said.

The artists will reside in the township until May 8, according to the foundation.

Through the display of art, the foundation is also hoping to help broaden the international understanding of school children, while promoting local industries and the sustainable development of aquaculture and fish farming in the township, it said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel