2013 / 2016 跨越國境‧海
Beyond the Border - Ocean
以棋盤腳果實為造形元素的種子船，從2013 年起，由台灣北海岸，一路北航至日本瀨戶內海的豐島，經過近一年與甲生村的深耕交流後，重返台灣宜蘭冬山河畔。今，以它強韌的漂流精神，計畫再度啟航，將於2016 年航向瀨戶內海的高松港的岸畔。
Seeds of the Indian Barringtonia can be found floating in the ocean off Australian, Southeast Asia, and even East Africa. This route by sea, floating all the way north from the Philippines past Taiwan and Okinawa to Japan, mirrors the route of human migration during prehistoric times. The Kuroshio Current helped facilitate this era of human migration and propagation.
The seed boat is based upon the design concept of the Indian Barringtonia’s fruit, sailing north from Taiwan’s north coast starting in 2013 all the way to Teshima at Japan’s Seto Inland Sea. After nearly a year of deep interactions with Kou Village, the boat returned to the banks of the Dongshan River in Yilan, Taiwan. Now, it plans to set off once more on its resilient spirit to drift and sail towards Takamatsu Port at the Seto Inland Sea in 2016.
The plan this time is to restructure the seed boat. Aside from utilizing large pieces of driftwood destroyed by Typhoon Morakot as the primary structure, various other woods such as Zelkova serrate, camphor, Phoebe zhennan and pine as supplemental support and exterior trimming. Not only does this construct a seed-like, float for the seed boat, it is a miniature representation of Taiwanese forests. Several Juniperus chinensis trees stand tall on the grassy plaza outside, with several large black fishing nets dangling between them and the seed boat. It is as if the seed boat is drifting and bobbing in the Kuroshio Current, with people walking below them like marine life. Once you board the seed boat, it is as if you are breaching the ocean’s surface once more. Objects can be hung from the large fishing nets to jointly express ocean imagery and prayers.