TAIPEI (The China Post) — Casagrande’s “Oystermen” is an environmental artwork of four standing sculptures at sea in Kinmen, Taiwan. The four figures tower over the water and stand at above 6 meters above the surface of the earth during low tide.
Marco Casagrande is a Finnish architect and an environmental artist.
In 1999, he was a finalist in the UK journal Architectural Review’s Emerging Architecture competition. A reporter of the New York Times also chose his project “60 Minute Man” as his personal favorite in the Biennale.
This project was made in 2013 when Marco Casagrande lived in Kinmen.
One of Kinmen’s famous dishes is “Oyster Noodles” (石蚵麵線), which is made with oysters from the area.
The structures are made from sandblasted stainless steel and boast luminescent caps that are solar-powered, illuminating the seascape at night.
The “Oystermen” are standing on guard by a tidal road connecting the great Kinmen with the little island towards Xiamen. Gradually, the legs of these Oystermen will be covered by oysters, hence, the name.