Our office will hold the first highest Land Art Festival in the country to invite artists to share their ideas of creation. It will be formally launched in the mid of March, but the exclusive first look will be offered during Chinese New Year’s holidays.
Do you know where you can go during Chinese New Year’s holidays? Our office holds “Lishan Land Art” in Lishan area for the first time. The brilliant artworks of installation art are located and exhibited at the outdoor space in Lishan Scenic Viewing Deck, Maple Valley, Cherry Blossom Hill, and Lishan Culture Museum to integrate natural, landscape, and cultural content together. People who visit Lishan area during Chinese New Year will be the first to enjoy the highest land art festival in Taiwan. The Deputy Director in our office, Tsao Chung-Yue, mentioned that the first Lisan Land Art Festival is themed in “wandering around in the mountains”. Artists put the endless blue sky together with the magnificent mountains and forest through the medium of art creation to carry out the conversation with local Lishan landscape and residents. Meanwhile, they also blend in the local Atayal culture and stories to re-organize and explore the most beautiful and highest mountain town in Taiwan.
The artworks for Lishan Land Art Festival will be complete the installation before Chinese New Year. It is scheduled to formally launch on March 13th this year and the exhibition will end on May 31st. The meeting with the four artists was initially held today (5th) at Cultural Heritage Park in Taichung. It was presented by Huang Tzu-Chiao for the artists, the curators, and local Atayal people who participated in the co-creation to talk about mountains, forests, and ideas of creation. There were a lot of participants attending event to show the support, including the administrative officer from legislator Wu Li-Hua’s Central Office, Taichung City Council member Jan Ling-Hsuan, Chief Coordinator of Taichung-Changhua Tourism Industry Alliance Chai Chun-Lin, Secretary-general at Taichung City Travel Agency Association Hsu Chung-Chuan, Chairman at Taiwan Tour Bus Association Chang Lung-Lin, and more than 30 people from the four tribes in greater Lishan area. The presenter, Huang Tzu-Chiao, started the event with a promotional video. It is a video using the magnificent cliff and lively river in Lishan area with the elements of weaving and totem that is going to be used for Land Art Festival promotion. Viewers can strongly feel the atmosphere with the privacy of mountains and abundant indigenous culture. The Atayal singer, Ali, performed wonderful indigenous songs to bring the event to its peak.
The four Taiwanese creative artists for the land art “wandering in the mountains”, Lin Chun-Chieh, Chan Wei-Ju, Cheng Jo-Han, and Chen Pu along with the curators Chang Han-Ning and Kuo Cheng-Chung shared their ideas of creation and the process of creation for the land art during the event. The artwork “Fish, Full Bamboo Fish Trap” created by Master Lin Chun-Chieh uses the materials found in the tribe for the design of the fish trap. It delivers the simple and purse concept of the friendly natural resources by learning to know the variety of natural species and cherishing and friendly using each material. The artwork “The Fairy of Water in the Tribe” created by Master Chan Wei-Ju uses the traditional Atayal weaving skills to present the seven fish in a whole, and one of the fish representing himself returning for the life in the tribe. Master Cheng Jo-Han’s work “Engraving, an Altitude of 1956” transforms metal by the form of paper caving, and the daily Lishan landscape seen by the students at Lishan Elementary School and Lishan Junior High School was interpreted through the combination of Atayal bow-arrow weaving and skills of the elderly. Master Chen Pu’s work “Cultural Moss” simulates the hexagonal texture and structure of rock face in Songmao Tribe as the structure and modelling of the installation. It extends upwards to correspond with the landscape of mountains in the background.
The four art creators focused on different areas and perspectives of Lishan to share their observation towards the landscape. They exchanged with local tribes and used different materials to combine with the local culture as the foundation to design unique installation art for Lishan and design their ideas of creation. Moreover, they also worked with the students in Lishan Elementary School and Lishan Junior High School to carry out local co-creation centered with the local Lishan memory at the communities in Lishan Tribe, Songmao Tribe, Hsinchiayang Tribe, and Sqoyaw Tribe as the extension of the main artworks. The principals and teachers at Lishan Elementary School and Lishan Junior High School also attended the event to share the feedback from the students for the co-creation and to interact with the participants of the event.