During the two-day event, twelve artists from nine countries worked individually to submit various contributions of themed artwork so it can be assembled as one large-scale installation. Each artist was able to interpret the theme, applying a definition of “Forest” from any point of view, through a piece of wooden board of Yunnan Liden, the local tree.
Observing the woodcarving show brought further discoveries. Many students asked questions concerning the craft, expressing their interests in it, and the participating artists did their best to answer them. The respect and appreciation towards the crafts from the participants were evident from their interactions throughout the process.
Every artist presents a piece of work at the end of the day on March 28. They dedicated the established large- scale artwork composed of each piece to the College of Material Engineering of the school to mark the collaboration between the international and the local, the industrial and the academic.
While most artists need the quiet atmosphere to create, at times they still desire a sense of community. The collaboration brought everyone involved an enriching experience together with a stimulating exchange of thoughts, skills and interests.
What came through was a glamorous combination summed up complex notions of Forest that can be appreciated from many angles. It deepens our sense of what wood culture can do and what it can be. And the friendship between the participants is—like the art they created—solid and true.