To commend several government agencies for their valiant efforts in heritage conservation, the Bureau of Cultural Heritage held an awards ceremony at the Taichung Cultural and Creative Industries Park on Thursday.
For their outstanding results in conserving and maintaining historical monuments and buildings, seven government agencies, including the Office of the President and Academia Historica, were presented with trophies designed by Taiwanese artist Lien Pao-tsai (連寶猜).
Heritage conservation must take into account three aspects: restoration and repair, management and maintenance, as well as revitalization and reuse, said Wang Show-lai (王壽來), director-general of the Bureau of Cultural Heritage.
Pointing out how Taiwan still lacks thorough management and maintenance in this aspect, he stressed that the purpose of the awards is to highlight the importance of these tasks.
The seven award-winning management units, and the historical buildings they are responsible for, are:
The awardees were selected from a pool of 19 - including those recommended by third parties and those who recommended themselves - through vote by the awards' evaluation committee.
Out of the seven winners, some had management units especially assigned to maintain historic buildings and monuments, while others short of funds and staff made full use of volunteers.
Bureau of Cultural Heritage Director-general Wang Show-lai (sixth left) and Taiwanese artist Lien Pao-tsai (seventh left) are pictured at the awards ceremony for the Bureau’s Incentive Program of Management, Maintenance and Evaluation of Public Historic Buildings and Monuments on June 20, 2013.
Miniature replicas of the award-winning buildings will remain on exhibition at the Taichung Cultural and Creative Industries Park until June 27.