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Railway station to feature paintings of Taroko Gorge

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

The railway station in Hualien’s Hsincheng Township (新城) that is one of the gateways to the Taroko Gorge National Park is scheduled to be reopened next month following remodeling.

The Railway Reconstruction Bureau said that the entrance of the remodeled train station will convey the image of Taroko Gorge, which was carved out by the Liwu River (立霧溪). The entrance will also bear the name of the station, written by the painter and calligrapher Chu Chen-nan (朱振南), the bureau said.

The bureau said it worked with the National Museum of History to find artworks to display at the station, adding that the station would also feature six paintings by the late painter Ma Pai-sui (馬白水).

The six paintings, which are collectively titled The Beauty of Taroko Gorge, depict tourist attractions in the park.

They paintings are titled Springtime in Taroko Gorge, Summer Rain at the Eternal Spring Shrine, Autumn Leaves on the Jinheng Bridge, Snow at the Tunnel of Nine Turns, Morning Ray on the Cimu Bridge and Moonlight at Tienfong Tower.

The paintings were copied on kiln-fired glass panels for display, the bureau said, adding that the artist in charge of the project is a Hualien resident named Chen Yen-chun (陳彥君).

The bureau said that another artist, Lin Chieh-wen (林介文), alongside 32 Aboriginal women, wove a large colorful cloth that is to be wrapped around a steel frame.

Resembling the head gear worn by Aboriginal women in the community, the entire work would be hung at the station’s lobby, the bureau said.

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