The Temple of Kwan Tai A Video Projection about Mendocinos Chinese Temple

Project Description

San Francisco based visual artist Ben Wood, known for his transformative site-specific projections onto buildings and spaces, comes to Mendocino to retrieve histories hidden in the fabric of our own buildings. His video projection explores early history of the town through archival images, text, video and film.

Developed in collaboration with the Mendocino Art Center, and working with the Kelly Museum, the Temple of Kwan Tai and local historians, the projection will illuminate the building with animated imagery and text. The project strives to create a bond of community through sharing histories specific to the town and those who have inhabited it through generations.

Moving pictures were projected during the Mendocino Film Festival for two evenings onto the Masonic Hall and The Macallum House Water Tower. The projection focused on the Kwan Tai Temple one of Mendocino's oldest structures and one of California's oldest Chinese houses of worship in continuous use. This was an experimental one-of-a kind event that animates the history of the symbolic Taoist temple with projected images of its early pioneer Chinese community founded and built by Joe Lee and preserved up to the present day by his great-grandchildren.