public sculpture | mosso bamboo | 2.5x2.5x5 m

Pier-2 Art Center,
駁二藝術特區 大義公園 Dayi Park, Kaohsiung, TAIWAN

The public sculpture ‘Port of Identity’ focuses on Taiwanese identity in an abstract way. Geometric patterns are used in Taiwan contain the whole course of history. Tattoos of Indigenous People, symbols of religions, different patterns brought by migration and occupations and many ancient knowledge are coded in the lines of architecture, graphic decorations and clothes. Can Taiwanese identity be captured in these patterns? By visualising their special way of thinking, these symbols represent the people of Formosa and their unique nation.

The sculpture is also inspired by gates offering good luck after crossing them, such as the Dragon Tiger Pavilion in Lotus Lake, Kaohsiung City. The gate-like sculpture has two different doors: a square and a circle one. This shape – known as the lucky coins – is a symbol of wealth and prosperity. These forms carry the idea of self-development: changing from square into a circle. They represent earth (square) and heaven or sky (circle) and symbolise a person and the community.

The geometric shapes are also strongly connected to nature, elements and the search of balance. The work evokes the wave patterns used by Paiwan Indigenous People. With the use of bamboo, the work also refers to Taiwanese traditional architecture, and by applying only natural materials, it is dedicated to the protection of the environment. 
The sculpture stands in the Dayi Park, Kaohsiung Port, besides the warehouses of the Pier-2 Art Center. The project was created during the Pier-2 Artist in Residency program in 2019.
Pier-2 Art Center 駁二藝術特區: http://pier-2.khcc.gov.tw/eng/home01.aspx?ID=1

認同口 (2019)
公共雕塑 | 孟宗竹 | 2.5x2.5x5 m
駁二藝術特區 大義公園
「認同口」以抽象的方式刻劃台灣認同。 自古至今,幾何花樣被廣為使用:原住民的刺青、宗教象徵、透過殖民與移民帶來的新圖樣。很多遠古的知識皆藏匿在建築、裝飾、服飾的線條裡。我們是否可以從這些樣式看出台灣的身分認同?透過將獨特的思考視覺化,這些符號代表了福爾摩沙的人民和他們獨特的族群。


 駁二藝術特區 http://pier-2.khcc.gov.tw/home01.aspx?ID=1

VIDEO by Pier-2 Art Center駁二藝術特區 AiR program 製作看不見電影工作室 Unseen Film Studio. Special thanks to Sun Chieh Heng;
Chia-Chen Chung and to 
Pier-2 Art Center, Kao Hsiung City, Taiwan

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