The Neiwan Rail Line Art Gallery extends from Zhudong Station to Neiwan Station across six stations. Taiwan Railways Administration has also joined this artistic initiative by launching folk song-themed decorations on trains servicing the line. Let's take a look.
The train chugs along. The 2019 Romantic Route 3 Arts Festival spans cities and counties along Provincial Highway 3. The second stop of the exhibition was Taiwan Railways Administration's Neiwan Branch Line in Hsinchu County, and was curated by renowned artist Li Ming-tao. Li invited artists to integrate local culture into their creations.
This railway line was originally used to transport wood and minerals out of the mountains. This time, I aimed to transport artists and their works to create a beautiful encounter between the railway line and art.
Trains have been decorated with folk song motifs. The floors are covered with maps showing where the minerals and wood were transported from. Li also linked 23 artists together to display Hakka culture and artwork at six rail stations. The artwork ranges from installation art to interactive technology, pushing Hakka culture beyond the traditional elements of Tung blossoms and Hakka blue dye.
How to innovate was also very important. They can use this to attract tourists or art lovers, which is good.
The folk song-themed trains allow people to see the special characteristics of this place, and gives them a breath of fresh air.
The rail stations have been transformed by this integration of artistic innovation and local culture. This is also a great opportunity for Hakka culture to enter the spotlight.