This project explores the relationship between building and nature in a Chinese context through the representation of landscape in Chinese paintings. The representation of the human landscape – the built environment – in Chinese art reveals a profound relationship with nature that can be traced through history. This relationship can also be read in other often surprising scenarios that go beyond mere art or architecture, and touch upon the human condition.
The project is sited in Morecambe Bay. On 5 February 2004, 23 illegal Chinese immigrant labourers were drowned by the fast incoming tide at Morecambre Bay on the Lancashire coast of England. They were picking cockies along with numerous other illegal immigrants from other countries. Only the Chinese died.
Morecambe Bay is a beautiful landscape defined by a flat sandy beach and shallow water that creates a characteristic light and pleasing atmosphere, which attracts artists and visitors. Although picturesque Morecambe Bay also has a more ominous side: its dangerous tide, referred to locally as the Killing Tide for the speed with which it comes in, marooning people unaware.