Locals argue relevance of Tainan sculpture

EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: One critic said artist Chuang Chin-wen’s sculpture ‘Against the Wind’ has no connection to the history or culture of the park it was placed in

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 05, 2019
By: Hung Jui-chin and Jonathan Chin  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Preservationists have criticized a replica sculpture installed at Tainan’s newly

A replica of the sculpture Against the Wind is pictured at Tang Te-chang Memorial Park in Tainan on Thursday.  Photo: Hung Jui-chin, Taipei Times

renovated Tang Te-chang Memorial Park (湯德章紀念公園) as lacking in relevance to the city’s history.

The park is named after Tang Te-chang, a prominent civic leader killed in 1949 during the White Terror, and it is also the site of the former residence of Qing Dynasty artist Lin Zhaoying (林朝英).

The Tainan City Government on Dec. 7 last year installed a replica of contemporary artist Chuang Chin-wen’s (莊靜雯) Against the Wind (逆境之風), which is in the Tainan Art Museum’s collection.

“A public art piece should have an intrinsic connection to the history and culture of a place, which Against the Wind utterly lacks,” said Huang Wei-fen (黃微芬), a frequent author on subjects related to the city’s culture.    [FULL  STORY]

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