ching ke lin weaves bamboo strips to represent the tradition of fireworks in taiwan
 

ching ke lin weaves bamboo strips to represent the tradition of fireworks in taiwan

as part of the zhuangwei dune land art festival in yilan, taiwan, artist ching ke lin presents his ‘firework’ installation that aims to break the stereotype of bamboo landscape art. made with the help of local volunteers, the radial structures represent the burst of fireworks and firecrackers, which are common in taiwanese culture.

ching ke lin weaves bamboo strips to represent the tradition of fireworks in taiwan

all images © bat planet studio

 

 

in taiwanese folk culture, fireworks and firecrackers are used to celebrate many events, from festivals to weddings, and even funerals. the loud sound and bright lights are said to pursue good fortune, avoid disaster, respect gods, and also bring luck. for this project the artist has woven the bamboo strips into numerous umbrella-shaped structures in both 2D and 3D, all of which are contained in a cube form, to create the shape of fireworks.

ching ke lin weaves bamboo strips to represent the tradition of fireworks in taiwan

the work was created for zhuangwei dune land art festival in yilan

 

 

the x, y, and z axis of the artwork seem to be independent; however, the bamboo strips are closely woven together as one. as the weather changes, the bamboo makes a cracking sound due to the expansion and shrinkage caused by the temperature. the bloom of the bamboo strips are the round shape and the structure of the overall installation is a cube, which intends to represent the connection and relationship between human and nature. with the shape and cracking sound of the firework, the artwork brings us back to the most familiar festival scene. 

ching ke lin weaves bamboo strips to represent the tradition of fireworks in taiwan

close up view of the radial bamboo structures

ching ke lin weaves bamboo strips to represent the tradition of fireworks in taiwan

the x, y, and z axis of the artwork seem to be independent, however, the bamboo strips are closely woven as one

ching ke lin weaves bamboo strips to represent the tradition of fireworks in taiwan

the bloom of the bamboo stripes are the round shape and the structure of the installation is a cube

ching ke lin weaves bamboo strips to represent the tradition of fireworks in taiwan

with the shape of the firework, the artwork brings us back to the most familiar festival scene

ching ke lin weaves bamboo strips to represent the tradition of fireworks in taiwan

lin organized a workshop that more than fifteen local volunteers engaged with

ching ke lin weaves bamboo strips to represent the tradition of fireworks in taiwan

lin lead volunteers to learn the bamboo heating, rattan weave and square lashing technique to build ‘firework’

ching ke lin weaves bamboo strips to represent the tradition of fireworks in taiwan

a volunteer at work

ching ke lin weaves bamboo strips to represent the tradition of fireworks in taiwan

the installation at night

ching ke lin weaves bamboo strips to represent the tradition of fireworks in taiwan

a sketch of the installation by ching ke lin

 

 

project info:

 

project name: firework

location: yilan, taiwan

exhibition: zhuangwei dune land art festival

artist: ching ke lin

photography: bat planet studio

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lynne myers | designboom

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