A Beautiful Harmony of Architecture, Art, and the Humanities
Scheduled news conferences
Railway Reconstruction Bureau
On March 14, 2016, a tea party was held in the lobby of Xincheng (Taroko) Station to celebrate the unveiling of the station’s public art. Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) Administrative Deputy Minister Wu Men-Feng, Railway Reconstruction Bureau (RRB) Director General Allen Hu, the family of the professor Pai-sui Ma, and a host of venerated artists were present to view the brilliant combination of architecture, art, and humanities. MOTC Administrative Deputy Minister Wu Men-Feng said that Xincheng (Taroko) Station’s public art was planned with the theme of “planting the roots of history and starting a new future”. The station’s transportation functions, interior design, outside environment, and surrounding scenery of mountains and fields seamlessly combine with the aesthetic present in the architectural design. Unassuming yet beautiful, the newly renovated station clearly also enjoys a new ambiance as well. Hualien artist Chen Yan-jun portrayed the theme of “planting the roots of history” by obtaining the National Museum of History’s permission to use paintings from a collection called The Beauty of Taroko, which was created by late ink wash artist Pai-sui Ma. Kiln glass techniques were used to reproduce six themes of Ma’s work: “Spring Wind in Taroko”, “During a Summer Rain at Eternal Spring Shrine”, “Autumn Leaves on Jinfeng Bridge”, “Winter Snow at the Tunnel of Nine Turns”, “Sunlight Shining Off Cimu Pavilion”, and “Moonlight Illuminating Tianfeng Pagoda”. The collection called The Beauty of Taroko blends in together with the station’s architecture. The theme of “starting a new future” has been accomplished by making visitors able to physically experience the humanities. The art piece “Weaving Road” was created by art skills passed down by aboriginal tribes for generations as well as communicating with local aborigines. In order to complete this project, weaving artist Lin Jie-wen (who belongs to the Truku, or Taroko, tribe) collaborated with 32 aboriginal female weavers; as a result, this project has given new energy to weaving art. One part of this art project looks like a speaker hanging from the ceiling; it almost seems as if it’s playing a touching tune that praises the blessings from Mother Nature. Part of the Hualien-Taitung Line Railway Overall Service Efficiency Improvement Project, which is under the command of the RRB, the station’s appearance is now in harmony with the sights and characteristics of the local culture. This should contribute to the development of the area’s tourism industry. The public artwork in the station’s interior fuses together beautiful art with the public space. Overall, the station is a representative landmark for Taiwan’s tourism, and it will make the island nation more competitive when it comes to international tourism.