WEDER is a wind chime with a spiritual support purpose, based on the cultural and historical elements of the pandemic, to increase the interaction between humans and nature.
Dimension / 4"*4"*18"
Designer / Jia-Sheng Chen
Year / 2020
THE NEW NORMAL
Pandemic and modern living styles change humans’ lives dramatically. As the increase in indoor activities, the gap between humans and nature is expanding. However, Nature always plays an essential role in human development.
◆ In ancient times, It mostly meant “air; sky; breeze; storm.” In Europe, Scandinavian, Danish, Norwegian, German, and the sagas … etc
◆ While the word weather was developing, it had a neutral meaning of both “ bad “ and “good” weather. Since people seldom speak about the weather when the sun shines.
◆ Weather is derivatives of wee, the sound imitative root of the word wind.
◆ The shape of the word weather was first attested in the year 795, Condition of the Atmosphere.
Weather & Wind
The earliest known wind-chimes can be traced back to 1100 B.C. China. It was believed throughout Southeastern Asia that bells promoted peace and good health. Especially important in Buddhism, bells are a critical “part of honoring the Three Jewels or Three Treasures;” the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. Ringing a bell before prayer or during meditation is meant to “call for the protection of the heavenly deities” and also to focus the mind on the task at hand. Because of their ornate nature, wind bells were also a sign of wealth.
In ancient Rome, a tintinnabulum was a wind chime or assemblage of bells. A tintinnabulum often took the form of a bronze ithyphallic figure or of a fascinum, a magico-religious phallus thought to ward off the evil eye and bring good fortune and prosperity.
From ancient times of Japan, it was believed that when a strong wind blows, an epidemic will spread around the country. Therefore, in order to avoid epidemics and to ward off evil, a bronze wind chime in the shape of a bell called futaku was hung up.
Furin chimes were born as simpler versions of the futaku. They used to be hung up during the summer when epidemics spread due to the high temperatures and humidity as a ward against these problems.
◆ Ward off evil
◆ Bring good fortune
◆ Attracting peaceful spirits
◆ Purifying and enhancing energy
Like a star at home, bring a bright and holy image to make people feel calm and peaceful.