© 2007-2017 Jeremy Tsang (T-SANG) Interdisciplinary Visual Practise || Public Art || Incubator || Advocate
All Rights Reserved. Toronto, ON, Canada.
Materials: Mahogany marine plywood, PVC toy train tracks, reclaimed rice bags of various origins, traditional nylon canvas bags, marine grade nylon roping, Tonkin bamboo, solar panels, LED spotlights & ropelights.
A sculptural installation of the shell of a “junk boat” (an Ancient Chinese sailing ship intended to carry both cargo and people), the piece is a symbolic vessel which speaks to Canada’s proud history as a country of immigrants. Presented on the eve of Canada’s sesquicentennial, the sculpture is an ode to the many Chinese migrant workers that came to Canada with a dream to create a new life for themselves and their family, away from hardships they faced.
The boat exists as both fact and fiction. It is a dream we envision in our minds as well as a physical object. The sail looks flimsy, almost drawn by a child. The hull is composed of train track-like pieces which reference the Asian Canadian experience of building the railway. They appear almost like dragon scales and the shape resembles the parapets of the Great Wall of China. The boat looks almost abandoned Saskatoon’s Chinatown neighborhood, metaphorically shipwrecked in a landlocked province.
Although Tsang comes from a Chinese-Canadian background, the piece speaks more broadly to the nature of Canada, whose history was largely built on the dreams and aspirations of immigrants and refugees - a wonderful legacy which continues to this day.
Commissioned and supported by City of Saskatoon, Saskatoon Urban Planning & Public Art and Saskatoon Riverdale BIA.