A Fable of the Planet A virtual history of a planet that makes people reflect on the climate crisis

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Description

My artwork, a fable of the planet, is a virtual history of a planet that makes people reflect on the climate crisis, which is a physical artwork and also filmed as video art. First, I created a planet and burned it to dust to represent global warming directly, which leads the public to reflect on the global warming issues. Then, I planted the planet into the soil with seeds after it is destroyed, which means the destroyed planet will get a new life and new generation after the ruined. The connotation is that every civilisation is so weak and inadequate. Suppose if the civilisation on the planet ignored protecting this planet during its development, they will usher in nature's devastating punishment, and the existing traces of the civilisation would be erased. The civilisation is fleeting in the history of this planet, and the planet will enter a new reincarnation. Concerning the artwork, if the world knew that cautionary tale, I believe people would be more respectful of the planet they live on and cherish our lives.

Watch A Fable of a Planet here.

Process

My artwork is a virtual history of a planet, which shows a process from prosperity to destruction to rebirth. It records the Earth I created with many unique materials, and it was ruined and planted by me. A DIY fireproof material video and Cai Guoqiang, a pyrotechnic artist and my favourite, provoked my attempt to use fire to create artwork. At the beginning of the idea, I only want to create an Earth and burn it to the dust to represent global warming directly, which leads the public to reflect on the global warming issues. After my imagination, I decided to raise the thinking dimension of my work. I want to create a cautionary tale, a virtual history of a planet. I plant the Earth into the soil with seed after it is destroyed, which means the destroyed planet will get a new life and new generation after the ruined. The connotation is that every civilisation is so weak and inadequate. Suppose it does not pay attention to protecting this planet during its development. In that case, it will usher in the devastating punishment of nature, and the existence of this civilisation would be erased. The civilisation is fleeting in the history of this planet, and the planet will mark and enter a new cycle. Concerning the artwork, if the world knows that cautionary tale, I believe that people will be more respectful to the planet they live on and cherish the life we have. The difficulty I faced was the fireproof material making process. It is hard for me to control the proportion of the raw material. It can be perfectly attached to the fairy stick like a planet through constant stirring after dealing with it with a hairdryer and paper because I made it too diluted. After that, I also tried a way to test the fire resistance of this material to prove that it works. In addition, because the clay has been kept at home for too long, I need highly complex processing to make it workable again, which was very troublesome. Nevertheless, I think it worth and the clay was made the planet look more three-dimensional. The interweaving of clays of different colours can also create the feeling of various landforms. Besides that, it's my first time using a flame gun, and it's interesting for me to reach a new skill. In the video production part, I need to search a lot of relevant video material to find the most suitable fragment cause I want to make it feel like time changes during unsustainable human development, and it costs time. By overcoming all the challenges, I am satisfied with this work, and it is definitely relevant and points directly to the climate crisis issues. The tools and material I used are also a new creative form and attempt, making me more creative in my future study. The topic of the artwork leads me to be more concerned about environment-friendly issues, and I believe that the citizen of Earth will take measures to improve the environment, and the Earth will finally recover. 

ABOUT STEVEN LEUNG

I am Steven, a service designer and innovator majoring in MA Design for Social Innovation and Sustainable Futures. My undergraduate background is digital media art, and I have worked in the media and design industry. I always hope that I can do meaningful design for society, like a complete set of service designs for the community is what I aspire to, not just design the visual for the client or be a messenger. I trust that continuing to create and innovate is the best way to make the world better. 

To see more of Steven Leung (Yibao Liang) ’s work visit:

https://vimeo.com/691365690
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