On Sunday night we presented our latest proposal to a group of 15 people including community leaders, NPO staff, Urada young people and the Urada Womens Group.
The feedback was generally positive and constructive.
Concerns were raised around durability of the work, being able to withstand the impact of the heavy snow & strong winds. There were also concerns about the seasonal components of the work and if the work will be damaged in the transportation.
As we propose to direct a small natural stream into our artwork, the issue of water rights was raised. There was not enough time for us to fully understand this issue but the concern seemed to be about loss or wastage of water. We explained that the loss would be minimal as the water flows over the surface of the work and the majority of the water will return to the natural stream. There was also concern about the copper polluting the water. We explained that as far as we are aware, copper is safe and that in Australia the pipes for drinking water are made from copper.
We also discussed the local produce - ie. pickles component of the work. The Urada ladies generously offered to the serve the pickles throughout the period of the triennial perhaps on the weekends. We made arrangements to meet with them this week to discuss which kind of pickles will work best and the plan for production.
The representative from the Urada young peoples group raised the opportunity for lighting the work, to maintain visibility at night.
Maruyama San welcomed the artwork as a means to generate interest in the Urada area and attract more people to visit. He suggested the work that could be shown every year and also potentially in the winter as well.