Swiss office on charity drive
The Trade Office of Swiss Industries in Taipei has launched an online painting auction, with the proceeds to be donated to local charities, the office said yesterday. “This is another milestone in the fostering of good ties between Switzerland and the Taiwanese people,” said Jost Feer, the office’s director. The Swiss trade office organized a drawing competition last year for the first time and received more than 2,400 entries from elementary-school students, Feer said. In collaboration with a gallery in Taipei, the office selected the 88 most artistic paintings, based on age, style and creativity, to be auctioned. All the proceeds will be donated to two children’s charities — the St Raphael Opportunity Center in Tainan and the Star Home for People with Disability in Taitung. Interested bidders can visit www.aircamel.com.tw/star/bid/18/index.php.
Taipei unveils application
The Taipei City Government yesterday unveiled its application to be the 2016 World Design Capital (WDC) after it budgeted NT$392 million (US$13 million) to compete. The application, sent to the WDC organizers on April 30 under the theme “Adaptive City,” was designed in the form of five-volume scrolls put together using the traditional binding skill known as “dragon-scale mounting.” Designer of the application Chen Jun-liang (陳俊良) said the cover pages of the five-volume scrolls contained calligraphy by Tong Yang-tze (董陽孜), paintings by illustrator Jimmy Liao (幾米) and scenic photographs representing the beauty of Taipei. A seven-minute promotional video shows artists and members of cultural industries, including choreographer Lin Hwai-min (林懷民) and sculptor Ju Ming (朱銘), discussing the city’s ever-changing and adaptive elements.
Staff writer, with CNA