Fish Trap House IV
Fish Trap House IV was not only a contribution to the Taiwan Lantern Festival 2020, it also aims to preserve valuable handmade culture.
Fish Trap House IV is a contribution to the annual Taiwan Lantern Festival, which is very spectacular in Taiwan.
Artist Cheng Tsung FENG applies Taiwanese traditional fish traps as the theme of artwork. Invited hundreds of local in Taichung to workshops to learn weaving the art craft of the fish trap. With them hundreds of fish trap was made and hang bamboo sign with their wishes on it. People surround hand by hand unite together. Rewrite the precious art craft which is going to vanish into our memory and body.
Recently, Cheng Tsung FENG was invited to create a lantern in the most fabulous event – Taiwan Lantern Festival. He began a huge collective work plan for this two-week celebration.
During the processing, FENG and his partners drove a truck and went to four farmers’ associations in the festival’s location, Taichung. He found out hundreds of inhabitants who didn’t have any experience for basket weaving. FENG taught them how to weave basket with bamboo and shared the story behind the traditional fish traps.
Feng taught the farmers how to weave baskets and told them the history of traditional fish traps. This is how Fish Trap House IV was born.
They finished over two-hundred basket units and bring these units together in the location. Finally, it became a grand installation art in public.
After the end of the festival, this grand installation art work carefully unpicked and took back to their maker by truck. Each basket unit has their own tag which is written down the wish of maker.
Fish Trap House IV has not only been a contribution to the Lantern Festival 2020, it also aims to preserve this valuable culture.
Those traditional craft lesson became into their own personal experience. It inspired those inhabitants in farmers’ associations to make something new. A number of people said they would make a lampshade, others would make duck cages, and the others would pile up like a Christmas tree with this bamboo basket units.
Cheng Tsung FENG led and taught people making fish trap hand by hand. People reunite together as each unit gathering in site. Expect body experience, there’s no text record to preserve those precious handmade culture.
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