Thu, Nov 01, 2007 - Page 15 News List

Art around southern Taiwan

By Ian Bartholomew  /  staff reporter

Some of the many works that make up the 50 Mile Art Journey between Kenting and Fangliao.

The Pingtung Peninsula Arts Festival (屏東半島藝術季), which has been held annually for the last seven years, has branched out into hotels this year. In an effort to move the event from the county into the city, organizers have arranged solo exhibitions at Pingtung branches of the Caesar Park Hotel, Howard Beach Resort, Leofoo Resort and many others.

This year's festival, called Fifty Miles Art Journey (藝術長征50里), will have exhibitions extending from Kenting (墾丁) to Fangliao (枋寮). It starts tomorrow and runs until Sunday Nov. 11. The focus will be on visual arts, especially installation art.

According to curator Lin You-cheng (林右正), the aim of the festival "is to bring out the uniqueness of the environment."

Kenting is well-known for luo shan feng (落山風), the strong winds that blow across the peninsula, creating unusual land formations. Feng jian shu (風剪樹), or trees that have grown lopsided because of the gusts, are another unique feature that artists have incorporated into their work.

"We have invited artists from all around the island," Lin said, "and they have produced works inspired by Pingtung and the Hengchun Peninsula.

"This is an art festival, and one of the greatest artists participating in the show is the environment itself."

Besides the exhibits, there will also be one-day activities such as the Treasure of the Mountain Collective Art Creation exhibition in and around the old town of Hengchun, DIY art activities such as candle nut painting and concerts, which will be held this weekend and next.

A detailed schedule in Chinese can be found at 192.192.217.75:81/calendar. General information about the event can be found in Chinese at www.cultural.pthg.gov.tw/pthg/.

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