One Window, One World

Installation, 2019

This is an interactive installation shows the concept and the artistic characteristics of the window design in the Classical Gardens of Suzhou. It allows the children living in Suzhou to play with different window frames and see the different scenery through those windows to find the connections between the patterns of the windows and the meanings behind them.

My hometown Suzhou is a major city in the southeastern part of Jiangsu Province of China. It has over 2,500 years of history, with an abundant display of relics and sites of historical interest. It is famous for Suzhou embroidery, Kunqu (one of the oldest extant forms of Chinese opera), Pingtan (a musical/oral performance art form), and Classical Gardens of Suzhou. Since there is an immigrant problem, the Suzhou registered population and the migrant population is half-to-half, which causes the loss of the awareness of passing on the history and culture of Suzhou. I expect that children from Suzhou can find some connections between my project and the history and culture of Suzhou. The goal of this project is to make local children be interested in Suzhou and try to raise their awareness to protect and inherit the history and culture of Suzhou.