Beyond the Borders -the Ocean is a returning artwork for the Setouchi Triennale by Lin Shuen Long. The artwork was originally on Teshima for 2013 and returned to Taiwan afterwards. It was an artwork that I was not able to see as I was on Teshima for the 2013 spring edition of the Triennale but I was happy to see it for the 2016 edition as it was a permanent fixture in Takamatsu.
Lin Shuen Long really created a creepy yet interactive artwork with Beyond the Borders -the Ocean. I heard that this artwork takes on the idea of a seed that floats on the ocean and travels from place to place. The concept of this artwork is really interesting but I couldn’t get much information on it in English and it was difficult to research it completely.
Beyond the Borders -the Ocean is itself located near the pier of Takamatsu, in a large open grass field. It was really interesting to see the location but it would have worked better if it was on a beach, similar to where it was on Teshima. There is a ramp that lets you walk towards the opening and into the seed. The opening is actually a little scary as there are wooden branches with points at the end that stretch out from the opening similar to some sort of creature’s tentacles trying to eat you.
Once you get inside you can really enjoy the craft of this artwork. The wood has aged well and it looks amazing inside. There is enough space for a dozen people and there was even a concert inside during the Triennale. There is a small gong that was placed near the opening and you could hear it being rung during the Triennale. It was a fun and interactive idea for the artwork that made it even better.
Beyond the Borders -the Ocean is a really fun artwork by Lin Shuen Long. I’m unsure of the true meaning of the artwork but I was happy to see it. It is an amazing piece to walk in and around and I hope to see it again in another location in 2019.