Impermanence conveys Buddhism
BiJian’s kinetic sculpture, Impermanence, derives from the symbolism of Tai-Chi, or Yin and Yang in a dynamic system. It responds to the surrounding environment and oscillates accordingly. The shift between motion and equilibrium represents impermanence, an essential doctrine in Buddhism. The sculpture was showcased at the Museum of Ventura County, July 19-20, 2014.
Channel Islands National Park inspires local artist BiJian Fan to create artistic interpretation of endemic animal species. His first creation is an island spotted skunk, endemic to the two largest Channel Islands: Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa. The animal sculptures will be installed at the park's visitor center to engage public in preserving the Channel Islands through education.
During Ventura ArtWalk on July 19-20, 2014, artist BiJian will lead a free workshop of Origami Math Genius (OMG) at Museum of Ventura County. He will demonstrate an OMG project and its value in education. Public is invited to participate in folding a chimney out of discarded paper and gain insight of OMG.
OMG is a curriculum developed for integrating art and science in K-12 education. It has been taught at Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program in Pleasant Valley School District, Gull Wings Children’s Museum, and other schools in Ventura county. OMG develops hand-eye coordination, spatial intelligence, and creativity, it builds brain power.
Thanks to a grant from Smith-Hobson Foundation, Gull Wings Children’s Museum offers free OMG class and brings it to local schools. For schedule, contact the museum at (805)483-3005, website: http://gullwings.org/programs/special-events/ .
Celestial Messenger is a scientific art by BiJian Fan, it is published on The STEAM Journal, Issue 2, Volume 1, 2014. STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.
Dragon is revered as supernatural power in the universe. To highlight its myth and extraterrestrial intelligence, this dragon is encrypted with a celestial message in binary code, in which the 0s and 1s are generated by light obstruction and transmission through the pin holes on dragon’s body.
Viewers can crack the code using a smartphone which links the dragon to a translating website. The message is revealed once the binary code is input. The interactive art is also educational.
Vaux’s swifts flock together and roost in hollow trucks of old trees. Due to the loss of much of their natural roosting habitat, swifts found chimneys as roosting ground. Inspired by their adaptation, artist BiJian created an installation art using discarded paper, displayed it at the Hall of Administration, Ventura County Government Center, June 16 - July 16, 2014.