The past Saturday, August 24th, we had the Hidden Stories event here at Richmond Nature Park. It was such a magical day that I do not even know where to begin describing it all. The weather was perfect; the sun was shining and the wind was gentle. We saw familiar faces from the past workshops who came to see the installation as well as many who just came to the park on a sunny day.
Every time before a big installation, I cannot help but be a little nervous as you are never sure if things will work out to what is envisioned. When I was creating Hidden Stories, I desired for it to be a work that inspires the viewers to slow down and enjoy the nature and each other’s company. Many staff members told me that they heard strangers talk to each other, finding the little people together. I saw many families circle the boardwalk numerous times, spending the time to enjoy each story. Some came to ask me the meaning behind few of their favourites and the progress of the project. With the laughter, exclamations and excitement, all I can say is that it went better than I can ever imagine.
I have many photos to share so we will go one by one through each story. Though the digital can never replace the wonder of nature and that moment of discovery, I hope they can capture a glimpse of the magic of that day.
The Story of Birds:
Let us gather to watch the birds fly by.
The Story of Buttercups:
We shall go enjoy the wonders of nature.
The Story of Butterflies:
Catching the fleeting moments of treasured childhood.
The Story of Colours:
Seeing the world in all its colours.
The Story of Constellations:
A child’s legacy in the night sky.
The Story of Crows:
Commemorating the circle of life.
The Story of Flowers:
Come see the duck flower, the blue jay flower, the red jay flower and the berry flowers.
The Story of Life:
Recalling a moment between life, death and the awe of nature.
The Story of Lunch:
A lunch shared between friends.
The Story of Macro:
Trying to find that perfect shot?
The Story of Memory:
A journey into the abstracted fragments of memory.
The Story of Seashells:
Remembering that summer day at the beach.
The Story of Smell:
Inhale the colour of the fragrances.
The Story of Stairs:
Up, up and up we go.
The Story of Time:
A bond with nature across the generations.
The Story of Trees:
A mission to make the world pink.
The Story of Windows:
Discovering the beauty of nature around the world.
From the Open Studio on August 3rd.
The Richmond Nature Park Staff
A big thank you to my install assistant, Shanna Cheng for helping me get the 216 pieces up in the 2.5 hours and photographer, Bor Yan for documenting it all. Of course, thank you to Richmond Public Art and the Richmond Nature Park Society for making this all happen. Excited for the legacy piece on Newton the Newt ahead.