The illumination of the world's largest public glass art work -- the Dome of Light -- at Kaohsiung Rapid Transit System's Formosa Boulevard Station yesterday marked the official beginning of the city's era of transformation.
During the opening ceremony held under the dome yesterday, Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp (KRTC) chairman Lin Wen-yuan (
The launch was confirmed after the company obtained its permit of operation from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) yesterday morning, Lin said.
During an inspection of the Red Line on Tuesday, MOTC inspectors gave the company a conditional green light of operation, demanding the company correct five flaws, including running tests of all ticketing machines and obtaining official documents proving the safety of the system's firefighting equipment.
Free rides will be granted to passengers for a period of one month through the end of the Tombsweeping holiday early next month, Lin said yesterday.
The new service is expected to bring major changes to the lifestyle of Kaohsiung residents as this is the city's first rapid transit route.
Yesterday's ceremony was held at the Formosa Boulevard Station, which is near the site of the Kaohsiung Incident.
The Kaohsiung Incident, also known as the Formosa Incident, took place on Dec. 10, 1979, when the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government cracked down and imprisoned participants in an anti-government parade organized by Formosa magazine.
President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), who attended the ceremony, said the illumination of the dome is particularly meaningful to Taiwanese people, who have been pursuing freedom and democracy.
The 660m2 dome, created by Italian maestro Narcissus Quagliata, embodies the incident in the art work, the KRTC said.
The work displays the spirit of "tolerance" through the incorporation of the elements "water," "earth," "light" and "fire" into the art piece, the KRTC said.
"I was aware that here in this square a very important incident happened," Quagliata said. "I felt it was a responsible and interesting thing to relink and include that in our project so that people will remember the incident."
The dome, which is composed of four major quadrants, also explores themes related to reincarnation such as "birth, growth, honor, destruction and rebirth," the KRTC said.
"Transportation and transformation are linked," Quagliata said.
"When a city decides to change, the first thing it changes is the way people move," Quagliata told the Taipei Times.
"When that happens, the city transforms itself, and there is an opportunity for many things to happen, in art, business, lifestyle and many departments," he said.
SPEEDING ELETRIC VEHICLES: Available without license requirements, the low-cost vehicles, especially if illicitly modified, can often reach a dangerous speed The government should crack down on illegal electric bicycles and scooters, the non-profit Consumers’ Foundation said on Friday, citing research on the potentially dangerous speed of the vehicles. Electric bicycles and lightweight electric scooters have gained popularity as they do not require registration and riders do not need licenses, the foundation said, adding that as many as 40 percent of them can reach speeds exceeding the legal limit of 25kph for non-licensed two-wheelers. Some consumers also purchased legal electric vehicles and modified them to reach higher speeds, it said. “If the government does not step up efforts to confiscate these
‘RELIABLE PARTNER’: US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar praised the ‘Taiwan model,’ saying that the nation brought its spirit to its COVID-19 response The first memorandum of understanding (MOU) on health cooperation between the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the US Department of Health and Human Services was yesterday signed at the Centers for Disease Control in Taipei. The memorandum was signed between the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US, by AIT Director Brent Christensen and Taiwan Council for US Affairs Chairperson Jen-ni Yang (楊珍妮). US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) witnessed the signing of the memorandum, designed to enhance the nations’
Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) yesterday tweeted a welcome to Somaliland’s first representative to Taiwan, Mohamed Omar Hagi Mohamoud, who arrived on Friday. Mohamoud had “braved Chinese pressure” to take up his new post, Wu wrote. “The fact ‘sovereignty & friendship aren’t for sale’ deserves international recognition,” referring to a Somaliland media report earlier this month that Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi had rejected an offer by the Chinese government in exchange for ending its rapprochement with Taiwan. Wu also thanked the US National Security Council (NSC) for praising Taiwan-Somaliland ties. A council tweet on July 10 praised Taiwan
The Taipei City Government yesterday said that construction on the long-suspended Taipei Dome can resume immediately, after it approved a request by the project’s main contractor, Farglory Group. In a statement, the Taipei Construction Management Office said that after it on July 16 issued a new building permit, Farglory submitted revised design plans and an application to resume construction, which the office approved on Friday. Construction had been suspended on the dome, near the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Xinyi District (信義), for more than five years due to disagreements between the city and the company over the safety of some of