TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Two more riverbank areas have been added to the list of locations where graffiti activity is allowed in the capital of Taiwan, the Hydraulic Engineering Office (HEO) of Taipei City announced.
Guanshan Riverside Park (觀山河濱公園) and Chengmei Left Bank Riverside Park (成美左岸河濱公園) have become the 7th and 8th designated areas for individuals looking for a place to show their graffiti talent.
According to HEO, Chengmei Left Bank Riverside Park offers graffiti walls of 2,120 square meters, making it the largest of its kind in Taipei. To reach the location, enter Keelung River evacuation gate No. 3 and head in the direction of Chenggong Bridge (成功橋).
The surface available for writings or drawings at Guanshan Riverside Park measures 1,450 square meters. It is accessible by entering Keelung River evacuation gate No. 5 and moving in the downstream direction for approximately 20 meters.
The other six areas where graffiti is legal include Yingfeng Riverside Park (迎風河濱公園), Meiti Riverside Park (美堤河濱公園), the right bank of Bailing Riverside Park (百齡河濱公園), Fuhe Riverside Park (福和河濱公園), Jingmei Riverside Park (景美河濱公園), and Chengmei Right Bank Riverside Park (成美右岸河濱公園).
The designated areas are accessible to everyone and no applications are required. The walls and surfaces will be cleaned up every April and August, HEO noted. Vulgar words and graphics as well as inappropriate use of language are banned and will be removed, the agency stressed.
Individuals who leave graffiti works in illegal places will be subject to a fine between NT$1,200 (US$39) and NT$6,000 (US$194) for contravening the Waste Disposal Act, HEO warned.
Graffiti in riverside parks (Photos/Hydraulic Engineering Office)