Floating gems, 2021. Metal and fabric. Kinmen Island, Taiwan. 11m(L) X 6m(W) X 3.5m(H).
Floating gems are an outdoor light installation made with woven fabric and metal. The inspiration for this piece was the study of crystal formations. As these crystals grow to reach the ground level, they seem to levitate on the air above the grass while irradiating light through their structures, fragmenting the surroundings.
There are five requirements for crystals to form: mineral ingredients, temperature, pressure from the tectonic plates, time, and space.
This work is a metaphor of what happened in Kinmen. This island suffered many changes during the human timeline. The politics and social pressure at the border of Taiwan and China is strong. The collision of these two countries is boiling and cooling down depending on the year. It transforms the perspectives of the people who live here, the people who visit and immigrants who arrive here, risking their lives by swimming to cross the border looking for a new life on Taiwanese soil.
All the fabric is repurposed material donated by Yee Chain International Co.
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