Beyond the Border - Tide
196 children forged from sea sand, mud, brown sugar, glutinous rice and hemp, each with a piece of driftwood dangling around their neck with the coordinates and distance to various nations’ capitals around the world written upon it. Each child stands on a beach, facing the direction of his homeland. The children fade into dust with erosion from the sea breeze, rain, and scorching sun, leaving behind only the piece of driftwood hung around their necks and a sign with the name of their country, like grave markers.
The seed boat drifts along the Kuroshio Current with the seasonal wind, helping humanity migrate to all parts of this planet. Yet it must drift across the ocean, far from home due to humanity’s greed and ignorance. A helpless child is at the mercy of this ruthless world; natural destruction. He floats along the beach in the end, still trusting in the world as the tides wash his soft little form to and fro in a deep, silent sadness.