Woven Sky was an installation for the 2013-14 Woodford Folk Festival designed by Taiwanese Artist Wang Wen-Chih in collaboration with Cave Urban.
The work is constructed from 600 poles of bamboo and 70 radiata pine logs, all harvested within a 20km radius of the site. It rises to 15m high and is 100m long.
Taking 40 workers and volunteers 3 weeks to build, Woven Sky served as an entrance point to the Amphitheatre stage of the Woodford Folk Festival.
In December 2014 Woven Sky was altered to create a new entrance into the work. The flexibility of the bamboo weave allowed for the roof of the tunnel to be folded down in order to create to arms that stretch out from the work, creating a transitional space for the thousands of people entering the installation.
Director Emma Hudson captured the creation of Woven Sky, through an excellent documentary that received early invitation to the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs.
It captures the energy and love that was invested by all party's into the creation of this work. We owe Emma a great thanks for this beautiful work.
The link below is a comprehensive account of the entire design process. Photography is thanks to Julian De Lorenzo, Kai Wasikowski and Justin Brown
Wang Wen Chih envisions that his works are ephemeral as an exploration of life, death and rebirth. Bamboo is an ideal material for this philosophy as the bamboo harvested was three years old, the envisioned life span of Woven Sky. Sourced from Earthcare Nursery at Crystal Waters, the bamboo species utilized where Moso and Madake to allow for ease of splitting.
The substructure of Woven Sky was constructed from Radiate Pine that had self seeded across the Woodfordia site. The clearing of these trees, allowed for the regeneration of native bush.