On a deserted, windswept beach a row of four-legged concrete blocks stand guard against the torrential force of crashing waves. Their bizarre, angular shapes silhouetted against the grey horizon create a surreal, almost alien landscape.
The sea has long held a fascination for people who longed for romance, exploration and adventure. For centuries, people have sought to sail across its choppy waters, or to live close its sandy beaches and gaze upon its infinite horizon. The smell of salty air, sounds of rolling waves and caresses of cool crisp breeze inspire us with its untamed beauty. However, coastal dwellers have long understood that the wild nature of the sea is both a beauty as well as a danger. Similarly, the sea is equally a defense and bulwark against invasion, as well as a vulnerability and source of foreign threat.
In "23.950327°N 121.605762°E", Liu Dao reflects upon our uneasy truce with the forces of nature. We long to be near the natural world and claim our place as part of it, but the capricious Gaia humbles us with her indiscriminate destructive might.
Animated LED seagulls swoop around the empty beach against a transparent Lambda C-print mounted on a mirror and stainless steel structure. The scene is a picture of serene calm. The skies are clear and the sea is quiet – but the foreboding presence of tetrapods warns us that it may not be for long. [Loo Ching Ling 吕晶琳]