Sealing | Home for Boston Ivy

"Sealing"

"Sealing" is an artwork related to urban upgrading. "Sealing" is a group of artwork from the serial work; the creating site is located in shanty towns on the right bank of Yuan River in Changde, Hunan province. At present, the shanty towns are being demolished and will be completely replaced by a brand new modern city in the near future; what it now has here will no longer exist. On the occasion of the demolition, how to preserve the memory of the old city and make it origin memory of the future new city is the basic point of creation for this series of artworks.

Work Information
Design Creator: Hu Quanchun
Creation Assistant: He Guowei, Wang Songliang, Xiang Yu
Size: 75 cm * 75 cm * 75 cm, 45 cm * 45 cm * 45 cm
Materials: cement, old buildings waste
Supervised by: Xiao Bin 
Work production: Liu Jianwen, Liu Jianwu, Sun Deli, Chen Shuguo, ChenLihua
Creation time: April, 2017
Sponsors: ChangdeKonland Urban Development Co., Ltd., Beijing Art Intervenes
Photography: V Studio, Changde Feng Niao

Due to the demolition, building debris could be seen everywhere in shanty towns, presenting a picture of ruins and depression. Building debris from different families were different if one observed carefully, because when building their own houses, each family used different building materials and decoration according to their preferences, taste and their economic status . Thus building debris generated after demolishing is different, they are carrying unique marks of previous life states of each families more or less. "Sealing" hopes to preserve and solidify these "micro-expressions".

The creation steps are: first of all, collecting building or decoration materials which can represent the characteristics of the buildings from debris, and identifies the exact location of the house and owner's name, confirming its GPS positioning. Then, the building debris will be sealed with cement into a cube for drying and hardening. Then, cut each side of the cube, the internal materials will show up. The last step is to carve the collected household information on the "sealing", each body has a corresponding relationship with its original space.

These sealing cubes will be placed in the public space of the new city. In the future, they are memorials of the previous houses for individuals and families. For the city, they can be "used" as "city's furniture". Because the initial sizes for these sealing bodies are 75 cm x 75 cm x 75 cm, and 45 cm x 45 cm x 45 cm, which are the sizes of normal tables and chairs. The combination of these sealing cubes can provide rest and usage function for people.

"Sealing" is an ongoing art program until the entire shantytowns are fully demolished. It is also an interactive and customized program in which residents could request to seal items that they consider to be the most precious. After several years, when owners of these previous houses touch these sealed cubes, the vision of their old house, their previous home and old stories will be recalled by the vaguely recognizable unique architectural materials. These unique sealing bodies form the city's memory kernel, telling the story of this city.

Home for Boston Ivy

"Home for Boston Ivy" is an artwork related to urban upgrading. It is a group of artwork from the serial works; the creating site is located in shanty towns on the right bank of Yuan River in Changde, Hunan province. At present, the shanty towns are being demolished and will be completely replaced by a brand new modern city in the near future; what it now has here will no longer exist. On the occasion of the demolition, how to preserve the memory of the old city and make it origin memory of the future new city is the basic point of creation for this series of artworks.

Design Creator: HU Quanchun
Creation Assistant: XIANG Yu
Height: 9m
Material: disused steel
Supervised by: Xiao Bin
Work Production: LIU Jianwen, LIU Jianwu, SUN Deli, CHEN Shuguo, CHEN Lihua
Creation time: April, 2017
Sponsors: ChangdeKonland Urban Development Co., Ltd., Beijing Art Intervenes
Photography: V Studio, Changde Feng Niao, JIANG Yu

Houses being covered by Boston Ivy could be seen everywhere in shanty towns; while presenting a picture of harmonious coexistence of man and nature, it is also the memory of home for habitants of shanty towns. When Boston Ivy attaches to the buildings and grows, it forms the turns and enclosures of the space. Work "Home for Boston Ivy" pulled away the building which the Boston Ivy attached to, and left only the Boston Ivy with twisted roots and gnarled branches in the shape of the building. The size of the artwork is based on the actual size of the old house in shanty towns, and the material is welded disused steel from the demolition site. The whole work shows the state that Boston Ivy wraps the house, forming a transparent and vacant shape.

This artwork will be placed in the future new town. It will remind the residents of the shanty towns of their old memories. Different from other types of installations, “Home for Boston Ivy” is also an urban greening device. Boston Ivy will grow on it again in the future, when Boston Ivy climbs up to “Home for Boston Ivy”, the mark of houses of old shanty towns will be more clear.