‘Genesis: The Seedpod Project’ is inspired by the Norwegian Svalbard Seed Vault: a backup storage for our planet’s fragile, biodiverse ecology. It is estimated now that between 200 and 2,000 species of plants and animals become extinct every year, and this state-of-art facility is designed to protect the future of our food crops from natural or man-made global crises.
My ancestral home, Taiwan, is a small island with diverse natural environment, supporting a wide range of flora of over 4,000 plant species. And yet, with the current rate of destruction, a mere 2 years would be equivalent to wiping out the entire range of native Taiwanese flora.
This series of sculptures investigates ideas of preservation, survival, and extinction, exploring our environmental issues through dichotomies of the permanent and the ephemeral, of the natural and the man-made, and of beauty and decay.