From GREEN To BROWN To BLACK To BROWN To GREEN | Stop -motion animation | 11:32 mins | Renovation Museum Reizensou, 2nd venue of the 4th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale | 2008-9

The artist is concerned with the rapid pace of urban development, especially the adverse effects on the environment and the behaviour of its inhabitants.

The animation shows the plight of creatures when their land is being developed and how it is being rebuilt with the help of hundreds of recycled toy figurines that is collected around Fukuoka.

The artists have chosen to use the toy figurine as a symbol for the future generation, and its origin also suggests the cultural background behind the work, in this case, it is Japanese because there are large proportion of well-known characters from animation series such as Ultraman and Dragonball.

Each toy figurine carries a tree that is made by students in the Art Exchange Programme workshops. In the art workshops, students are encouraged to use simple and expressive methods to create the trees, as each individual has a unique approach, the students are also creating a representation of themselves in the form of the trees.

The sound in the animation is recorded from voices of students making sounds of struggle and victory, perhaps signifying that happiness comes with great effort.

Song by BAND OF HORSES

“Monsters”

A tree for all these problems
They can find you for the moment
Then for all past efforts
There buried deep beneath
Your heart and somewhere in your stomach

And hey, transform all others
When aweful people they surround you
Well hey, they just like monsters
They come to feed on me
Giant little animals to feed

Though to say we got much hope
If i am lost it’s only for a little while

Our hearts and somewhere in our stomachs

A tree for all these problems
They can find us for the moment
Then for all past efforts
There buried deep beneath