The Edge between TripViewBowl and Google Earth in Taipei

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The International Design Alliance (IDA) is an international  strategic organisation representing industrial design, communication design and interior architecture/design. The alliance was created by its founding partners, the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) and the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda) in 2003. In 2008, the IDA welcomed the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) to the alliance as their third partner.

The IDA Congress is the first event for conversations between designers and non-design stakeholders in the form of summit. The 2011 IDA Congress marks the alliance’s inaugural event since its establishment in 2005. Taipei was selected as the host city after an international competitive bid process.

Exhibitors of the 2011 Taipei Design Expo cover 55 enterprises, 50 design studios, 26 design schools, and 43 design promoting organizations from 18 countries, including Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Thailand, China, USA, UK, France, Holland, German, and Russia. The Exhibitions are held in SongShan Cultural & Creative Park(09/30~10/30), Nangang Exhibition Hall(10/22~10/30), TWTC Exhibition Hall 1(10/22~10/30).

The Trip View Bowl ‘s mission given by the 2011 IDA Congress Taipei was to make “the Design at the edges” commemorative bowl. It took about 1 year and more than 6 hundred people to accomplish this mission— these trip view bowls will be given as gifts to three thousand guests, and we hope these bowls would be collected by all the top designers who attend this event as shared collections cherished by all.

This delicate art craft, designed and produced by the Trip View Bowl, has been recorded in “Full Record of making Songshan Creative & Cultural Park bird’s eye view map” , and they used the movie “The Edge” to express it. I could’t wait to participate in this “creation” after I saw their fantastic work, so I used my Google earth application skill to perform “the Confrontation between trip view bowl and Google earth in Taipei”.

This work contains mainly two parts:

The bird’s eye view image of “Trip View Bowl” is actually half of the earth’s surface. It can be transformed into a half sphere panorama map. Then we can use GE PhotoOverlay. After zoom-in, we can see it very clearly. The original photo has just the same resolution as the 12cm-diameter blue and white porcelain bowl, and 600 designers hide in it.

The second part took me lots of efforts : I made a movie with 37 seconds of music; I put the blue and white porcelain bowl on the ground in the original size. It started to become bigger and bigger, up and up, eventually it achieved over 120 meters. And it began to spin, then we fly into the bowl, fly to the sky of Taiwan, we rocket to the outside of the planet earth , the universe. This blue and white porcelain bowl keeps going up, enlarges itself, and it “holds” our beautiful planet — earth, put the earth into the bowl. What’s next, the earth rotates inside of the bowl. Finally, we go back to Songshan Creative & Cultural Park, fly along the bowl’s edge, and the background is the mapping landscape of Taipei .

At last, the expo and the exhibition will explode a bomb of design in a few days. I hope everyone who saw this work will join this great show of collective work of all the creative designers. Together we will make the world better and “speak” our voice loud. Thanks for your time and I really hope you like it.

[GEB reports] See the Trip View Bowl in Google Earth

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