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As part of the drive to return to a more environmentally conscious and eco-friendly society, an exhibition featuring only crafts projects made with natural materials will be held at the Jou Jou Mountain Eco-Art Hall in Nantou between Aug. 25 and Dec. 7.
Billed as "a dialogue between humanity and nature” and "a demonstration of the bounties of nature,” the exhibition has gathered local artists who express their care for the ecosystem and humanity on both the individual and global scale.
One such artist with a strong eco-calling is Lee Chao-chang (李朝倉), whose organic "tree” installation is made of decomposable materials such as fallen leaves and bamboo sticks, as well as plastic and other pollutants. The bulk of the manmade arbor will disintegrate and re-nourish the land in a few months, while the un-degradable elements will litter the ground, unable to rejoin the soil and forever alienated from the ceaseless cycle of life.
And then there's Tsai Chieh-hsin (蔡潔莘), whose "Post Garden” series is filled with whimsical creatures transported from another land. The aptly reused paper pulp, whether formed into the shape of a curious magical deer from the looking glass, or a minimalist Cheshire cat with an enigmatic smile, is warm, inviting, and stands testament to the value of recycled paper.
Works by Lee, Tsai, and three other fellow Taiwanese eco-artists will remain on display at the newly opened Jou Jou Mountain Art and Ecological Park (九九峰生態藝術園區) in central Taiwan until December. Visit the event website at www2.ntcri.gov.tw/sensingnature for more information.