Touhu Red Fortress

Artist: Hao Te Huang
Location: New Taipei City, Taiwan
Year of completion:
Researcher: Li Pan

There are two primary facets to the process of development of public art in Taiwan. First, a competent authority has a mandate to carry out a particular public art policy or task, including determining the hosting institution and establishing the budget for the public art program. Second, an execution team is responsible for the creation, production, and execution of the public art program as a whole. While it’s not necessary that nonprofit organizations participate directly, they have always played a very important role in promoting public art.

The nonprofit organizations undertake advocacy and promotion of works through case studies, research, publications, seminars and discussion to help set up administrative agents, and so on. Meanwhile, thanks to an amended decree, implementation modalities of public art are becoming more and more diverse, while the function of nonprofit organizations has also extended from simple formal education to more active and lively developments. Finally, not only do nonprofit organizations attach great importance to art education, but the scope of their development directions and their concerns is also expanding.

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The Touhu Red Fortress is a public art project created at Lake Elementary School in the Linkou District of New Taipei City.

The Linkou Tableland is composed of barren clay, unsuitable for farming. Pioneers to this area adjusted to the local conditions by planting tea trees and using the red soil to form bricks used in the construction of buildings.

Echoing the history of the land, the Touhu Red Fortress incorporates red bricks in a sculpted terrain, creating a "new land paradise" on the campus, a space where students and teachers can interact, rest, and play. Carved bricks, called "my treasures," were created by the students and their parents and worked into the wall. Each of these bricks tells a story of families who have lived in the area for several generations. A 50-year-old tea tree grows beside this curved and hilly plaza, providing a connection between past and future, a reminder of the stories of past years.

To promote the development of public art in Taiwan, in addition to the help of several important nonprofit organizations, some civil associations assist in the public sector; some of these focus on promoting related education plans, while others mostly hold some exhibition activities. The two groups—nonprofits and civil associations—will have many common points as well as their own respective development directions. Working together, they provide necessary information and education of service.

All copyright belongs to Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai University.

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