Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Lin Chuan-chu's Rice for Thoughts

Lin Chuan-chu's performance and land art project finished last month after a 5 month planting and harvesting of a 3,305 square meter rice field.
His 2 story posh studio sat smack in the middle of the rice paddies. On rainy days, he contemplated life by reading or painting, while on sunny days, he worked the fields mimicking the ways of farmers centuries before him.
The rice field was located in a rapidly urbanizing area of a Taipei suburb. The elderly in the neighborhood felt comfortable strolling through the paddies as that was how Taipei was about 30 years ago.
The photo looks out from the second floor onto the rice field that is just starting to be cut down. In the background is intensely rapid building construction.

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