This is a landscape installation sited in a mountainous region in the Western part of Thanh Hoa province, Vietnam. The place is outstanding for its unique riverscape with elevated garden on the giant lime stone mountains. It is peaceful and wild on this site of the river but on the other side is a contradiction, the factories where bamboo are manufactured into household goods are poisoning the river and people keep throwing their daily garbage directly to the river. They are two different worlds but sit next to each other, however this riverscape is becoming more and more vulnerable due to human’s growing activities.
This project aims to encourage people to be more aware of their surrounding environment, to understand how sensitive the environment is and to protect this natural heritage for future generations. The way this small project is trying to communicate is through a metaphoric approach, seeing the landscape through a frame to understand it more and to gain a greater understanding of the environment. The renowned British artist Ashley Jackson, once said that: ” I thought if we could place frames among the landscape, it would help to focus the mind on to what is inside that frame: many people look but only a few see and feel its very soul “. Yes, “many people look but only a few see”. There is a certain difference between looking and seeing. If we have a frame to observe the landscape, it will limit the eyes to have a focus and give us a chance to have the insight of the landscape.
On site, the frame is placed towards the direction where the limestone mountain meets the river in order to present the characteristic of the landscape. A sitting is offered to enjoy the view more. When fully installed, it will be permanently there, people and visitors might walk by and have a chance to take a look. I hope that people and myself will love and appreciate this land more and more and with a growing love, we will look after our land more than we say we do.
The framed landscape
Location | Quan Hoa, Thanh Hoa, Vietnam
Designer | Duc Cuong Ha
Images & text credits | Duc Cuong Ha