Trevor Yeung grew up in parts of Hong Kong that did not have much access to nature. His closest brushes with nature happened when viewing sea life kept in aquariums, fostering his strong afnity with fsh inside tiny tanks. Over the years, he has learned aquarium landscape arrangement to provide pet fsh with an idyll of their own.
Giveback Garden (Kathmandu) is an homage to the natural spaces that still exist in expanding cities that often destroy pockets of greenery. Although organised in reference to stone arrangements used in garden and aquarium landscaping, the installation itself uses artifcial stones. Stones, natural or human-made, have always been essential elements of gardens, and artifcial ones were only processed from their environment in order to bring them closer to nature in the garden space. After industrialisation, however, artifcial stones became elements of a new landscape built against nature. The artifcial stones in this installation were made from pressed green plastic bottles collected from six diferent mountains in Nepal (Everest, Lhotse, Pumori, Makalu, Amadablam, and Dhaulagiri). Those artifcial materials take hundreds of years to decompose and the artist considers them the ‘natural’ stones of the future, reminding that stones have a place in nature, in idyllic gardens.
The artist’s participation is made possible with support from Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.
Commissioned for Kathmandu Triennale 2077. The artist’s participation is made possible with support from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and Avni Ventures.