Water Senders Community

Taipei Public Art Festival 2002
Da-hu Park, Taipei, Taiwan 2002/12/14~2003/1/19

Water Senders Community
Da-hu Park, Taipei, Taiwan 2002

The cycle of our “water resources” has become a critical issue for human beings when concept of recycling our natural resources has come into play. “Water Senders Community” is then created to reflect human’s concerns towards the hydrological environment and our community.
At first, the artist published the information of “Water Senders Community” through newspapers and tried to awaken local resident’s awareness of our hydrological environment. The home which is build on the lake represents a small village, and the water flowing from the funnel comes from natural rain or lake, which is used by the residents for irrigation. The water directed from the funnel symbolizes our current water source, and the water flown from the small house symbolizes our future water source that has been reprocessed and further used by families. A subtle relationship between the water and humans is implied. Two white plastic hands holding the water in the front yard of the house indicates the desire to preserve our future water source. With various water plants growing in the same community there comes a question of whether they are going to survive. Towers on the two sides work like a monitor system on the hydrological environment, and the wind blowing on the surface of the lake and shaking the raft symbolizes the natural power that is impacting our life quietly and always existing in our community. “Water Senders Community” serves as a seed to foster our future water source, and continues to bring to mind the wish of “Creating Our Future Water Source.”

(from the pamphlet of the Taipei Public Art Festival 2002)
Water Senders Community built on the lake with wish of 'Creating Our Future Water Source' on the lake in Da-hu Park, Taipei Public Art Festival 2002, Taiwan (photo: Mihoko Ikeda)
Water Sender’s house with image of hands holding water in the front yard
Ichi Ikeda's newspaper "The WaterArt Times" was published by Cultural Affairs Bureau of Taipei and distributed to those who came to see the Public Art Festival.
Community people watering aquatic plants in the Water Senders’ house