Individual Project

Sea & Mulberry Field is a light installation that show the cycle of changes in nature. Inspired by the Chinese idiom 'sea and mulberry field', which literally means seas change into mulberry field and mulberry field change into seas, the phrase is used by Chinese speaker to describe the inexorable change in the world events, and how human being's life is relatively short compared to the great changes in nature.


老子云“天地不仁,以万物为刍狗”。 这个灯光装置展示的是从沧海到桑田不停轮回的过程。

使用材料: 丝绸,木,纸,伺服, Arduino

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Using three layers of paper and servos, the rotation controls the graphic pattern.

The patterns start with all mountains and field, then human existence appear,  we built temples and had religions, then the sea came over and washed away our existence, the sea dried out,  everything all go back to the mountains.

The whole process may take a very long time in real life, however in this installation, people can watch outside of the round window, at something that may takes hundreds of thousands of years to happen in real life, meanwhile , drinking tea.

In Dao De Jing, a Chinese classic Daoism text that was written 2500 years ago, Laozi wrote that:

" 天地不仁,以万物为刍狗 "
“Heaven and earth are indifferent, all creatures are considered straw dogs“

Lao Zi wrote that 2500 years ago, how many things happen in 2500 years in the world? But as we looked at the sun above us, the sun that we saw today may not be so different from the sun that Lao Zi saw 2500 years in ancient China.

Materials: paper, plywood, silk, servo, Arduino Mega