Huashan Culture Park announced its reopening yesterday with an outdoor installation work entitled “Reunion,” a bamboo two-stair building by Wang Wen-Chih. In 2004, the Huashan Culture Park was closed for a yearlong renovation procedure. According to Wang, the barrel-shaped artwork “Reunion,” located near the entrance of the park, represents the reunion between the culture park and its citizens. In the opening ceremony, dances from Sun Son Theatre brought their drum-and-dance music to celebrate this significant moment. The artwork took about one thousand and two hundred bamboo trunks and will remain on exhibit there as a stage for performances and for everyone to share with.
The Huashan Culture Park was from a winery built in 1916 during the period of Japanese occupation. It was named after the first Japanese governor-general of Taiwan in 1922. The space was not used until 1997 the winery was relocated.
Under a Council for Culture Affairs (CCA) project, the Huashan Culture Park has prepared to meet popular needs with versatile space for rehearsals and practices, mainly in the Four-linked buildings; new information services also include Arts and Culture Information Center, and a Huashan Blog for the public to access related information. In many areas of the park, there are still some other long-term space reuse programs under construction.
The Huashan Culture Park owns a space of more than 6611 square meters, known to artists with its unpolished buildings and big open yards of green lawns. “Responding to strong interest from art, musical and social groups, right now we are concerned about better management for the use of the available space,” said Chen Chi-nan, Minister of CCA.
CCA officials also announced at the event that the 2005 An Exhibition of Handicraftsmanship will be December 17 and 18. Works made from all-natural materials that have passed through the hands of expert local craftspeople will be on display and discussed. Please find information about this event at http://www.ntcri.gov.tw.
The culture park is open to any possibilities and every citizen is welcome. As an extraordinary space and atmosphere favored by artists, it's becoming an international art center run and planned by artists.