根基 FOUNDATIONS (2019)
site-specific public sculpture
iron, 10.3 x 9.8 x 3.8 m
總爺藝文中心 | Tsung-Yeh Arts and Cultural Center
麻豆Madou 台南 Tainan 台灣 TAIWAN
I discovered the foundation of a house in the park of Tsung-Yeh Arts and Cultural Center and I thought about the invisible. The vanished building was a public bath, a part of the living quarter in the Meiji Sugar Manufacturing Company, where there are still some buildings left as historical monuments to the legacy of the rich history of Taiwan’s sugar industry.
I created a site-specific artwork as I welded the silhouette of the missing architecture. I used iron as a symbol of industrialisation and I painted it red as the ‘red thread’ representing a kind of peace, protection, connection, and establishing a relationship.
I’ve researched into the archived images of the buildings and interviewed local people about their collective memories. Therefore, instead of presenting a complete reconstruction work, I also leave some spaces for imagination.
The work focuses on the Immaterial Cultural Heritage, things which are intangible, such as the daily life of the factory workers, stories of local culture, and things that have already disappeared. By making the invisible visible, the artwork aims to arouse people’s awareness of the rich cultural landscape. By connecting the past and the present, it highlights the importance of immaterial values, which culture itself is based on.
Credits: Tamas Szvet: www.szvettamas.com
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