Railway Station Space: Combining Aesthetics with Local Culture
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Railway Reconstruction Bureau
The Taiwan Railways Kaohsiung-Pingtung- Chaojhou Rapid Transit Systematization Construction Project boasts a length of 19.3 kilometers, and for the section that goes from Pingtung to Chaojhou, there has been engineering work carried out in order to make it a double line railway that is elevated and electrified. The line, which was opened to traffic on August 23, 2015, has six stations: Pingtung Station, Guilai Station, Linluo Station, Xishi Station, Zhutian Station, and Chaozhou Station. These stations are involved in more than just railway transportation though, as they also play an important role in driving economic development for the local area. When the Railway Reconstruction Bureau (RRB) is planning for what public art pieces should be installed in a station, in addition to the art fitting with the station’s imagery, there also is a goal of the art being instantly stunning. Essentially, the art should influence travelers and local residents in a way that causes them to stop and ponder over the scenery surrounding them. The major themes for the above stations’ public art pieces are recreation, travel, and culture. Guilai Station’s platform has eight radiantly colored lampposts, which display many of the highlights for the local culture and sites in Guilai. Made of translucent glass, these round lampposts feature digital pictures that wrap around the posts, making their majestic beauty even more impressive at night. Xishi Station features 3D paintings that will test the imaginations of tourists and serve as an interesting background in photo shoots. Linluo Station and Zhutian Station display mosaic collage statues with local Hakka scenery, including water buffaloes, respect words pavilions, rice granaries, and travel luggage. The entrance to Chaozhou Station has a shade cover that combines the imagery of shaded walkways with hanging melons commonly seen in village settings. The reliefs, which are emerald green-painted cast aluminum sponge gourds and vines, comprise a street block map of Chaojhou. Overall, this enormous art piece captures both nature’s energy and the vitality of life. In addition to Pingtung Station, the five other stations have also already had their public art pieces set up. The public is welcome to take the fast and convenient trains to these stations so that they can admire public art while they’re on trips that are artistic and educational.