Qutang Gorge before the building of the Dam (2013), 68 x 136 cm , ink and water colour on paper 夔門通一線,怪石插橫流。峰與天關接,舟中地窟行。(清 何明禮詩)
Qutang Gorge before the building of the Dam (2013), 68 x 136 cm , ink and water colour on paper 夔門通一線,怪石插橫流。峰與天關接,舟中地窟行。(清 何明禮詩)

 

Qutang Gorge after the building of the Dam (2013), 68 x 136 cm , ink and water colour on paper 萬壑千巖動地來,風雲一令切川流。我獨徘徊尋舊貎,不堪人事望江樓。
Qutang Gorge after the building of the Dam (2013), 68 x 136 cm , ink and water colour on paper 萬壑千巖動地來,風雲一令切川流。我獨徘徊尋舊貎,不堪人事望江樓。

The Three Gorges Dam Project of the Yangtze River in China is the world’s largest hydro-engineering project at present costing US$24 billion. It is also the world’s biggest hydroelectric power plant which boasts a total generating capacity of 18,200 megawatts. The project can also help to tame the floods that threaten the Yangtze delta each summer.

Since the start of construction in 1992 about 16 million tonnes of concrete have been poured into the giant barrier across the Yangtze River, creating a reservoir that drives 26 giant turbines.

More than 1,000 cities, towns and villages were flooded. 1.4 million people were relocated. A substantial amount of natural habitats were lost together with precious flora and fauna. A huge amount of historic sites, scenic sites, archaeological and cultural sites were submerged under the water forever.  Extensive efforts were made to relocate and preserve some of the sites.

Patrick painted the landscape near Qutang Gorge before and after the building of the Dam. The town with modern multi-stories buildings in the first painting was submerged under the blue water of the second painting. The blue colour was used to exaggerate the depth of the river after the flooding.

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With Qutang Gorge in the background of the photo
Patrick on a cruise up the Yangtze River in 2013
Patrick on a cruise up the Yangtze River in 2013

 

Acknowledgements :

I would like to thank my good friend and my mentor Mr Ng for writing a poem for my painting. I miss him very much.

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