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Taipei’s Public Landscape Art makes us see the unseen
By Leo Maliksi
On October 28, 2016, the Public Landscape Art Exhibition kicked off in west Taipei. The two-month exhibition “Seeing the Unseen” covers an entire district from Taipei Main Station to the small rectangular park beside the Zhongshan MRT station.
The exhibition seeks to take Taipei-rens away from the humdrum of everyday life into a world of history, imagination, and dreaming.
“Head in the Clouds” by French creative artists Mickaël Martins Afonso and Caroline Escaffre-Faure aptly expresses the exhibition theme.
“Having your ‘head in the clouds’ is a common expression,” said Caroline. “Put your head inside the cloud and you are alone to daydream, away from everything.”
“Seeing the Unseen means considering questions we have about the world, the answers to which we may not see but can sense by putting our heads in the clouds.”
“Clouds are beautiful; they’re part of everyday life,” said Mickaël. “Imagine yourself immersed in them and you can contemplate the people outside and also yourself.”
The two young artists first showcased their creation in Montpellier, France, during a festival art exhibit. They hung the clouds over a garden and invited visitors to put their heads inside and enjoy a feeling of rest.
The Blue Dragon Art Company saw their art online and invited them to Taipei.
“Urban Clippings”, another example of landscape art, is located in the middle of Jiancheng Park (建成公園) in Guang Neng Village (光能里). Created by Jimenez Lai (賴彥吉), it looks like a community performance stage with some square and round holes on the floor, walls and ceiling.
Jiancheng Park lies in the western district, the first area to develop in Taipei. Formerly, hardware stores and metalwork shops brought a certain level of prosperity in the district, but they eventually disappeared. Urban Clippings is a metallic structure that enables those who immerse themselves in it to contemplate the surrounding area, to reflect on its past, and to ponder its future.
Guang Neng Village Chief Jingyun Chen (陳靜筠) said that for six years now, the village has been working with the Museum of Contemporary Art to promote art appreciation in the village. “We invite villagers, their friends, and families (children and grandparents) to enjoy our exhibitions and art creations,” she said.