An art and ecological park built in a central Taiwan region hard-hit by the 921 earthquake will formally open its park grounds to the public on Aug. 25.
The land that the Jou Jou Mountain Art and Ecological Park (九九峰生態藝術園區) now stands upon was among the most-devastated areas in Nantou County when a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan on Sept. 21, 1999.
Triggering landslides and damming rivers, the powerful quake changed the topography of the Jou Jou Mountain, whose sharp peaks once appeared like dancing flames from afar. Now bearing a closer resemblance to a row of bamboo shoots, the protected forest area required a decade's time to repopulate and regain its vegetation levels.
After experts carefully monitored the seismological properties of the peak, design and construction work for the 4.8-hectare ecological park began in 2011. Starting Aug. 25, visitors will be able to enjoy art exhibitions and an array of public sculptures that dot the landscape of the park.
More information can be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/99peaks)and the Chinese website (www.ntcri.gov.tw)of the National Taiwan Crafts Research and Development Center, the governing agency of the Jou Jou Mountain Art and Ecological Park.
At a press conference held on Aug. 20 to announce the opening of the park, Deputy Culture Minister Hung Meng-chi (left), artist Lee Chao-chang (center), and NTCRI director Hsu Keng-hsiu spoke of their high expectations for the new art- and eco-friendly facility.