We won the public art competition for Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) Taowam Central Innovation Campus in 2010, following our victory in the architectural design competition of the institute. We made three art works, Voxel Scape, Mountain Scape, and Holed Scape in collaboration with local artists and craftsmen, integrating traditional technique/materials and computer-generated design and construction methods. The main building is almost square-shaped in plan. The three artworks are cut out in cubic shapes as if spatial samples are cut out of a universal space, with each piece representing a different flow of vector fields.
Voxel Scape The sculpture is derived from the characteristics of the dynamic natural landscape of Nantou. Nantou was the epicenter of the 921 Earthquake of 1999, and the central Taiwan region is a focal point of geological force concentration and known for its extremely steep mountainous landscape. Such invisible natural force is manifested in a visual form through integration of digital technology and the local culture. The ceramic cubes were baked in the traditional "snake kiln" by the local artist Lin Kuo Long of Shuili Shakekiln.
Mountain Scape The structure of this artwork is simply a cubic grid frame, but the cubic chunks of dyed felt connect to the grid units in a seemingly random fashion. The combination starts to emerge fluidity as organic quality. The felt cubes are dyed in 10 degrees of subtle gradation in blue by the local artist, creating a sense of infinity and depth in the space.
Holed Scape Nanto is known to produce good-quality bamboo, and they make traditional folk crafts out of the material. Due to its excellent elasticity, bamboo is suitable for composing smooth curved surfaces. For this piece, the diagram of black hole or worm hole, which is typically used in graphics, is blown up to a large-scale cubic form, celebrating the integration of tradition and technology, as well as hand craft and science. We have formed a gravitational field mode in computer, and 3D-milled it out in 1:1 scale. The bamboo strips are woven against this form by the local art studio Yitsun Studio led by Mr. Yeh Ji Shian. ------------------------------------ Project Data Work#1 Title: Voxel Scape Designer: noiz Artist: .Lin Kuo Long / Shuili Snakekiln Completed: 2014 Material: Ceramic and steel Dimension: 5000x5000x5000 mm
Work#2 Title: Mountain Scape Designer: noiz Artist: Chen Jing Lin and Ma Yu Shuo / Tennii Studio Completed: 2014 Material: Fiber and steel Dimension: 2500x2500x2500 mm
Work#3 Title: Holed Scape Designer: noiz Artist: Yeh Ji Shian / Yitsun Studio Completed: 2014 Material: Bamboo Dimension: 2500x2500x2500 mm