1. 成都城市研究City Study for Chengdu
（1）成都的形状The Shape of Chengdu
As the inspiration for The Shape of Chengdu, the image was constructed based on fragments of aerial photographs of the city of Chengdu. We extracted the contours of the urban areas, the boundaries between forests and waterfronts, the scattered green spaces, and the parks.
At first, a simple form quietly sits there. A single line develops into the contour of something larger that eventually takes shape, and the lines gradually become connected to one another. The terrain is full of vitality, seemingly able to start moving at any moment.
Note: This work was made according to our personal view. Therefore, it should be stated that some parts may differ from the city’s actual municipal administrative divisions, rivers, and other geographic features.
City Study for Chengdu, China #1
The sculpture series City Study for Chengdu, China was created from The Shape of Chengdu. The latter was cut randomly into smaller parts, which we reassembled with hinges and rotating joints. As a result, the formerly 2D objects are transformed into 3D objects; the extra dimension allows the objects to become more than mere static sculptures. With the help of hinges and rotating joints, the sculptures can be folded up like origami, turning them into movable and manipulable devices that have greater ranges of flexibility and movement.
We made work #1 in our Berlin studio from April to May 2019. At the time, we had never been to Chengdu and we lacked actual experience of the city. We used models to divide the work into many different parts for production. We associated the sculpture with the spines of dinosaurs or the shapes of crustaceans.
City Study for Chengdu, China #2
Tianfu Avenue and Shudu Avenue pass through the city from north to south and east to west.
After arriving in the city, these roads were the most surprising to us. Countless cars, electronic bikes, bicycles, and pedestrians cross at the massive intersection of Tianfu Avenue. Even though we looked out of the window of the apartment every day, we never tired of it. On these streets, we discovered restaurants and stores, or people clustered around other people playing mahjong or cards, or delicious food; all of this revealed the everyday vitality of this city.
Every time the road diverged, we saw and encountered new things in Chengdu. The inspiration for the sculpture came from these roads, which radiate like flower buds.
City Study for Chengdu, China #3
Based on the flowing rivers, we divided Chengdu into many parts, which we then folded and joined together.
We would occasionally go for morning runs along the river near the apartment. On the way, we saw people doing tai chi, women feeding egrets and frogs, and birdcages hanging in trees. We appreciated the vitality and mutability of the city as we walked.
This river was the result of a water control and irrigation project from more than 2,000 years ago. We were awed by its massive scale. From aerial photographs, we could obviously see the confluence of many rivers in Dujiangyan. For us, Chengdu is a water town, and a green city. The jacaranda flowers welcomed us when we first arrived, and we often saw shady trees and carefully-tended parks from the window of the bus, as well as people who were sweeping up fallen flowers and pruning dead leaves. The connection between nature and man made a deep impression.
The Shape of LUXELAKES #1
Hecomi Study for LUXELAKES #1
正如字面意思一般，麓湖作为人工制造的区域，捕捉到了地球上的“凹”处。利用它的形状，我们制作了《Shape of Hecomi》，并且将它塑造成了雕塑作品《Hecomi Study for LUXELAKES #1》。之后，我们还将继续关注工程的进展以及“凹”的成长过程，最后形成一个作品。
As the title indicates, LUXELAKES is the manmade area in which we captured this “dent” on the earth. Using its shape, we produced Shape of Hecomi and transformed it into the sculpture Hecomi Study for LUXELAKES #1. We will continue to follow the construction process and the growth of the hecomi to create a work.
What we call 凹 (Hecomi) are cracks and splits on the wall or ground from wear and tear, or layers peeling off weathered surfaces.
In an attempt to account for this decay, one quickly realizes that nature is not solely responsible for these effects; a continuous human presence also plays a role. Sometimes, Hecomi emerge because of the tension between nature and humankind.
Gaps created by cracks and splits often remain insignificant and rather inconspicuous to us. Hecomi tend to have negative connotations, giving the impression of being old, dirty, displaced, or strained. Despite their negative associations, a close examination reveals to us that Hecomi have a wide variety of rather enticing formal qualities—charm, vigor, and even some déjà-vu-like affinities that draw us toward them. Moreover, focusing on their contours, the novelty of their forms, their overwhelming energy, and their variety of attractive qualities has inspired us to give them a voice that can be heard.
The streets of Chengdu have a lot of Hecomi. We always unconsciously looked for them when jogging or walking. However, something that could catch our interest or become worth depicting was always difficult to find—it was that 1 in 100 or even 1,000 Hecomi.
Nearby The Ancient Tree from The Shang Dynasty, Erwang Temple, Dujiangyan
We were curious about the rivers of Chengdu, and we found a Hecomi in Dujiangyan. At Erwang Temple, in front of a 3.6-meter-diameter tree from the Yin and Shang dynasty (excavated in 1977), there was another very large tree whose roots grew out of the ground. The forms created by the vitality of this tree left a very deep impression.
We used objects that we purchased in Chengdu to add local qualities to the work. It was only after a period of time that we learned that the tree was used to control the river.
Luxe Island, Tianfu New Area, Chengdu
The workshop was intended to investigate and present a map of Hecomi that children found and made. Even though the children who were participating for the first time found the same cracks, they used their own methods of capturing the cracks to create different forms.
Ken’ichiro saw the Hecomi as Mr. Mushroom, and to Ayako, they looked like rainclouds. The high humidity of Chengdu always makes people anxious, as if thunderstorms are always immanent.