Visitors to the Sincheng (新城) and Hualien railway stations will be able to see the paintings of Taiwanese artists, the Railway Reconstruction Bureau said yesterday.
The project is part of the plan to enhance the overall efficiency of the Hualien-Taitung line, which was launched in 2009, said the bureau, which has been in charge of remodeling or rebuilding 28 train stations along the line.
The bureau said Sincheng Station will display the works of the Taiwanese artist Ma Pai-sui (馬白水). His painting The Beauty of Taroko depicts the spectacular scenery of the Taroko Gorge. It will be presented through fused glass in the lobby of the station, which is close to the tourist attraction.
The bureau also secured authorization from the National Museum of History to display the painting.
According to the museum, Ma painted the representative piece for the museum, which hosted an exhibition of the artist’s works in 1999. The 90-year-old artist painted scenic spots in Taroko Gorge, such as Swallow Grotto and the Tunnel of Nine Turns, on a 7m-long piece of rice paper. He painted 24 scenes in the gorge, which were glued together to became one massive painting.
Through the painting, viewers can relish the beauty of the Taroko Gorge at different times of the day, the museum said.
Meanwhile, the bureau said the paintings of Lin Hsing-yueh (林惺嶽) would be placed in Hualien Railway Station, the largest train station in the East Coast.
Lin had agreed to allow the bureau to present his work God Bless Hualien, as well as three other paintings through the mosaic tiles, the bureau said.
Born during World War II, Lin lived through air raids and the 228 Incident and the White Terror era.
He started to focus on subjects in Taiwan in the 1980s, from the Central Mountain Range and Aborigines to indigenous fruits.
Aside from remodeling or rebuilding the train stations along the Hualien-Taitung line, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications had said that it would electrify the railway line next year.
The ministry added that the transport capacity of the railway service would also be increased with the arrival of more train carriages for the Puyuma Express.