Water Ark "Big Arrow"
Exhibition at the HKUST Campus
(1)
Flag Boats/ Friday, 19 February- Friday, 26 February, 1999
(2)
Bamboo Boat/ THursday, 25 February- Sunday, 28 March, 1999
This international project is part of the "Journey to the East '99".
at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST)
2/25- 3/28, 1999
During staying in Hong Kong for investigation of the Arcing Ark/Hong Kong project, Ichi Ikeda got interested in scaffolding by bamboo surrounding high buildings. This bamboo -scaffolding reminded him of long history of the water civilization symbolized by bamboo and wood.
On the campus of the university commanding a fill view of the Water Clear
Bay, Ichi Ikeda, in collaboration with skillful workers of bamboo-scaffolding, installed the water ark " BIG ARROW" curving in the arc-shaped towardsÅ@the bay. The bamboo boat "BIG ARROW" shows different appearances depending on your standing point. Looking down from the upside, arc-shaped 'Big Arrow' look like 'arrow' pointing to a water spot on the ocean. Looking over at the side, it seems that 'Big Arrow' is lying at anchor in the harbor. Entering into the Bamboo Boat, you can recognize "year" written on the bottom of basin filled with water. During his performance "Time Journey from 1979 to now", Ichi Ikeda succeeded in reminding the viewers of what had happened in Hong Kong from past to now. And he and viewers headed for the tip of the Bamboo Boat, having 'activated water with memories' in their hands.

The bamboo boat "BIG ARROW" shows different appearances depending on your standing point.

Looking down from the upside, this bamboo boat look like 'arrow' pointing to a water spot on the ocean.

Looking over at the side, it seems that 'Big Arrow' is lying at anchor in the HKUST. The 'Big Arrow" is directing towards the Clean water Bay, curved like a arc-shape.

Big Arrow- Bamboo Boat curving in the arc-shaped towards
the Water Clear Bay dimension: 58mx11mx7m


TIME JOURNEY in the "Big Arrow"

Walking into the arrow, lots of chairs are installed in a line. Each chair holds a bowl (basin) of water on it. Looking through water in the bowl, you can recognize letters from underwater: that is, "Voice of Water on Time Journey"

Journey from 1979,1980,1981,1982,------1997,19998 to now


PERFORMANCE "Time Journey"

Ichi Ikeda's performance entitled the "Time Journey" was realized in the Water Ark "Big Arrow" where put basins bearing the year (from 1979 to 1999) side by side in a row insides. Carrying water from basin to basin in turns, Ichi Ikeda succeeded in reminding the viewers of what had happened in Hong Kong from past to now.


Seven "Flag Boats" floating in the air between the building
at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST)
2/19- 2/26, 1999

daytime nighttime

Ichi Ikeda hope the viewers will visit here several times to watch the change of daily life under the Water Arks.


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