Chengdu is a city of water. A river flows through the city, giving softness to a large area. Luxelakes has also created a new lake in a place that did not previously have water, which is energetically completing the city. Dujiangyan is an ancient water-use project that changed the flow of a large river for irrigation and flood control. As a result, Chengdu became rich agricultural land. In other words, an interest in water more than 2000 years ago has brought about the present fertility and stability. Water is essential to human life and people have always wanted to live near the water; it seems to reflect a fundamental human need that has existed since ancient times. The endless movement of water shows us that the distant past and the future are all part of the same continuum. Now, new construction is happening everywhere, with buildings under construction and cranes all over the city. We can imagine the overwhelming development of this city in the future. When we build a building, we dig deeper into the stratum. We create new strata on the surface, while also engaging with times when humans did not exist.
I placed glass on colored sand to create strata-like deposits. Small cranes drop weights onto the glass and crack it. The colored sand is gradually cast upward through the cracks, appearing on the surface and creating a new landscape. The movement of the cranes—up and down—reflect the repetition of human labor and creation, while the making and breaking represent continuous efforts and activities in the course of human history to improve livelihoods. The new cracks on the surface of the glass represent the flow of the river and the ways that humans have created and changed its path.