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Marco Casagrande (Finnish architect, b. 1971, Turku, Finland) - Oystermen: Public artwork on the tidal shore of the Kinmen Island, Taiwan. The Oystermen are standing on guard by a tidal road connecting the Great Kinmen with the little island towards Xiamen. The legs will be gradually covered by oysters. The Chinese hats of the Oystermen are working as solar energy collectors an illuminating the seascape at night, 2013    Sculptures

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Oystermen by Marco Casagrande soar above a beach in Taiwan

Finnish architect marco casagrande is the creator of ‘oystermen’, an environmental artwork of four freestanding sculptures emerging from a the sea at a tidal beach in kinmen, taiwan. the figures tower over the water, soaring 6 meters from the surface of the earth during low tide. when the tide shifts, and the ocean deepens around the men, they materialize half-covered by the waves. the structures are made from sand blasted stainless steel and wear luminescent caps that are powered by solar light, illuminating the seascape at night. over a period of time, the legs of the massive art pieces will become the habitat for the work’s namesake: they will be completely covered in oysters.

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oystermen by marco casagrande soar above a beach in taiwan

finnish architect marco casagrande is the creator of ‘oystermen’, an environmental artwork of four freestanding sculptures emerging from a the sea at a tidal beach in kinmen, taiwan. the figures tower over the water, soaring 6 meters from the surface of the earth during low tide. when the tide shifts, and the ocean deepens around the men, they materialize half-covered by the waves. the structures are made from sand blasted stainless steel and wear luminescent caps that are powered by solar light, illuminating the seascape at night. over a period of time, the legs of the massive art pieces will become the habitat for the work’s namesake: they will be completely covered in oysters. 

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Love this, via My Modern Met:

Oystermen is a public environmental artwork by Finland-based designer Marco Casagrande consisting of four sand-blasted stainless steel figures of men located on a tidal shore by Kinmen Island, Taiwan. The sculptural installation features the silhouettes of four nondescript men, seemingly standing on stilts. They each stand approximately 6 meters tall, though when high tide rolls in, their height is typically knocked down by 3 meters. The rising sea changes the look of the artwork, making it seem as though the four figures are walking on water.

The eye-catching piece, which gets its name from the fact that, over time, the legs of the towering structures will be covered in oysters, adds a playfulness as well as an element of intrigue to the environment. Additionally, throughout the alternating sea levels, the metallic men are adorned with metallic conical Asian hats that serve as solar energy collectors, which is used to illuminate the seascape at night.

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This film shows the many types of commercially harvested seafood in Florida. Scenes include: commercial fishermen; oystermen; crabbing; shrimping; and seine net fishing for mullet. Additional scenes include a folk singing couple at the 6th Annual Apalachicola Seafood Festival. Produced by: Barton Films; U.S. Dept. of Commerce; NOAA; Florida Department of Natural Resources; and National Marine Fisheries.

See the full video here: floridamemory.com/items/show/267744

May 13, 2015
Oystermen tonging on Apalachicola Bay near St George Island Bridge. We motor sailed from Sarasota to Carabelle 11-12 May anchoring behind Dog Island in Ship Cove. We continued on to Port St Joe via the Gulf ICW on Wednesday 13 May.