All of this art and colour got me squealing 😍
Taiwan’s got this really cool thing where they take old buildings and turn them into creative hubs - places where artists and artisans can come together and just... create. I saw a lot of these places all across the country, but my favourite has to be the Cultural Heritage Park in Taichung. This used to be a brewery during the Japanese rule and was active as one till redevelopment and burgeoning land prices caused operations to shift outside city limits. It was only recently that the land was taken over and developed into home for art and culture, and honestly? I’m all for it.
I mean, wine vats painted with scenes taken directly from the artists’ mind, installations that can only be called weirdly impressive, a journey through Taiwan’s tribal history, an understanding of its distinctive architecture styles, traditional art forms that you can even try your hand at, and all of this set inside a brewery.. I mean, what is this mishmash of times and places? 🤩
I found myself chasing art a lot this time. Subconsciously. There’s a lot I don’t understand, but I’m trying to. I’ve been looking for stories in places and people, and art is a channel too. Maybe I’m trying to see things from a different perspective, or I’m trying to interpret visuals in search of something; I don’t know. But the more I travel, the more I try to unravel the stories in a person’s mind, and the more I look for different ways of doing it. It’s not so much about the place anymore, as much as it is about the people, sort of like a key to understanding the place itself, don’t you think?
So tell me this. If I were to come to YOUR city, what is the ONE place you would recommend I visit?
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