This project focuses on the International Arts Village and its related public art projects, which have brought artists’ visions to bear on the challenge of conserving the historic architecture of the place while enriching life of the settlement. Treasure Hill has historically been a patchwork of different generations, cultures, and ethnicities; and after the renovations it continues to fulfill the function of cultural interchange. Creative people and international travelers venture out of the downtown to mix together, while at the same time Treasure Hill has become more integrated into metropolitan Taipei, and has become a major cultural attraction.
City Scenery captures the urban character of Treasure Hill by portraying key components of its streetscape and residential spaces together. The work records the diverse elements of urban life through vivid hand-painted murals, which offer the public an opportunity to consider the city in novel, modular compositions. The artist first conducted a survey of the settlement and surrounding area, and through interviews and questionnaires established eight visual subjects: “Tingzhou Road development,” “Water Market,” “Little Guanyin Mountain Ecosystem,” “Toad Mountain and Coast Trail,” “Live House,” “Library and Café,” “Bicycle,” and “Treasure Hill collective life.”
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