Taipei, July 2 (CNA) An annual art festival, featuring 10 installations by local and foreign artists, opened in Taitung on Friday to celebrate the southeastern county’s dramatic rural landscape, organizers said.
The installation artworks are on display in different townships in Taitung – three pieces in Guanshan, six in Luye and one in Haiduan, according to the Taitung branch of the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau, which organized the event.
The East Rift Valley Land Art Festival seeks to showcase the breathtaking scenery along a 60 kilometer stretch called County Road No. 197 in the East Rift Valley and create harmony between man and nature, the office said.
The three works exhibited in Guanshan Township were created by Taiwanese artists Pasulange Druluan (安君實), Huang Wen-yuan (黃文淵), Tung Min-chin (董旻晋), according to the bureau.
Luye’s six pieces are “Acculturation”, by Varol Topaç from Turkey and Woo Tze-hong (胡梓康) and Sophia Kwok (郭笑儀) from Hong Kong, “Endless Flow” by British artist Tim Norris, “Fly To Universe” by South Korean song Joo-yean and three other works by Taiwanese Kalabaw Monalei (陳勤), Tafong Kati (達鳳・旮赫地) and Lee Wei-mu (李維睦), according to organizers.
Lee used wood and iron to construct a fish-shaped cloud, under which visitors can sit and enjoy the breeze and picturesque views of the valley, according to the event’s website.
The only installation piece in Haiduan Township is called “Romantic Moment,” by South Korean Kim Ki-young, the office said.
According to office manager Ko Tsan-tang (柯燦堂), the artworks were installed in beautiful, little-known rural areas, hoping to attract visitors to explore the fascinating scenery and food.
The annual festival in the scenic Eastern Rift Valley was held for the first time in 2019.