Listen, the swallows are talking
When walking along the streets in Beitou, have you ever looked up and seen a swallow’s nest? Watching swallows go back and forth their nests and feed their nestlings, do you also heard a happy and sweet murmur embraced by the nesting sites.
The barn swallow migrates to Taiwan during summer. Due to the local government and the community's effort, the first swallow trail was built in Beitou. The landscape of flying swallow and nests underneath the storefront overhangs has become a characteristic of local streets. In response to this unique scenery, artist Lin Ching-ke uses the image of barn swallows and their ecology in his bamboo art practices to reflect our feelings and emotions about home, family, and house. Meanwhile, he also sorts out his life experience of building a family, marrying his wife, and having children in Beitou.
In the exhibition space, you will see barn swallow sculptures made of bamboo strips and white paper. These swallow sculptures appear in familiar street scenes and Beitou's cultural symbols unexpectedly—lanterns of Guandu Temple, window gratings of traditional townhouses, helmets of the 0077 Motorbike Service staff, incandescent lamp underneath the overhangs, doorplates of buildings, and the surveillance cameras which are almost integrated into our daily life. Barn swallows' activities such as nesting, egg-laying, and feeding vividly light up corners of local cultural scenes. The presentation also echoes the symbolic meaning of feng shui and prosperity as slices of our lives, summoning imagination to pursue happiness, warmth, intimacy, mutual support, and other family values.
Let's seek and observe barn swallows in our familiar street scenes to hear the music of home played in our hearts from the natural or artificial swallowing humming.