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Ceramic sky lanterns convey disabled people’s wishes

Visitors inspect the general disability welfare services building in New Taipei City’s Sanchong District on Oct. 30. The center is expected to open next month.

Photo: Lee Ya-wen, Taipei Times

New Taipei City’s general disability welfare services building, which is located on Section 2 of Guangfu Road in Sanchong District, is expected to be finished and go into service in December. The building’s exterior walls will feature a public artwork jointly created by disabled people. The design incorporates ceramic sky lanterns carrying pictures and written wishes, which will be attached to the wall as if slowly rising into the sky.

On her pottery sky lantern, 29-year-old Chen Yen-ni wrote the couplet “Smooth work; happy every day.” She explained that she had recently been being assigned fewer shifts by the fast-food catering establishment where she works, which is worrying because she has less money coming in. Chen said she hoped that her work could go more smoothly, which would make her happier.

This public artwork was conceived by Liou Chen-chou, former dean of the College of Design at the National Taiwan University of Art. Liou says that in Taiwan releasing sky lanterns is a way of praying for good fortune. Liou hopes that the mural can express disabled people’s visions and dreams of the future. “These sky lanterns will never fade,” says Liou, “They will be here forever.”

(Liberty Times, translated by Julian Clegg)






1. jointly adv.

協力地 (xie2 li4 de5)

例: Turbines jointly developed by Irish and Taiwanese partners will generate electricity from ocean currents.


2. shift n.

排班 (pai2 ban1)

例: Nurses have to work night shifts and spend a lot of time standing and walking.


3. mural n.

壁畫 (bi4 hua4)

例: Some tourists visit San Francisco just to see its spectacular outdoor murals.


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