Mosaic art display honors firefighters in Longtan

By Lo Cheng-ming and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Thu, May 16, 2013 - Page 5

Visitors to the newly opened fire department building in Taoyuan County’s Longtan Township (龍潭) are treated to a unique public art display based on firefighters and officials who work in the department.

The artworks are mosaic tile chairs featuring human figures with upraised arms that symbolize the department’s duty to rescue people.

The upraised arms represent firefighters carrying people away from danger, department officials said.

Before construction on the building was finished, all the staff at the Fourth Corps had their photograph taken and then sent to artists to create the works of art.

The department then selected four among them for the mosaic art chairs: firefighter Su Wei-chung (蘇偉中), Volunteer Firefighters Corps assistant executive secretary Chiang Sheng-wen (江盛文), Women’s Fire Prevention Awareness Team member Chiu Lan-chen (邱蘭珍) and bureau official Lee Chin-ting (李金定).

“When I found out it was based on me a few days ago, I was surprised and felt honored. I have not told my wife and my kids yet, but I will definitely bring them to see it,” Su said.

Chiang has 15 years of experience in search-and-rescue operations and has assisted in many major disasters, including the 921 Earthquake in 1999.

“I go to the firefighters’ unit when I have spare time, almost on a daily basis, but I didn’t think I would be picked to feature in the mosaic chairs,” he said.

“I feel highly honored and inspired to continue to do my job and save people,” he said.