The windmills are created from dried ental leaves, a special kind of palm leaf used by the Balinese to create the lontar. The lontar are traditional manuscripts imparting knowledge of the various aspects of life. Here the children decorate and construct windmills from the ental leaves, infusing a playful element to a material symbolic of wisdom.
Nestled within the shell of the sphere is a zoetrope featuring the portraits of the children. Painted on their faces is a frame of an animation depicting the natural cycle of the lake. View the behind-the-scenes of the portrait sessions here.
The children, together with the youth community, Waka-waka of Songan harvested the water hyacinth from Lake Batur. The material was dried and used as weaving material for the shell of the sphere. Written on the weavings are the children’s hopes for their future and for the lake.
In celebration of the ordinary yet extraordinary lives of the farmers and their families in Songan and Indonesia, a bike typically used by farming communities is being used to activate the zoetrope. This interactive element powers the spinning mechanism of the installation and brings a live the animation within.