Based on neighborhood memory and with a humanistic touch arising from underneath the skin of environs, this series of artworks take viewers to walk through a historic district in Tainan. The viewers are invited to listen to the sounds of gongs and drums of Hubi and Guangji (Lord Wangye) Temples, and to follow the aroma of roses to a Catholic church. They are also free to learn about “muurankers” (wall anchors) of the Dutch times and porcelain weights used to stabilize ships in early periods. Black Cat Inn and Golden Rooster Garden of Shuixian Neighborhood in their golden days, air-raid shelters which testify the war, and Yinfeng Iced Desserts and Fruits famous for Moon Appreciation, i.e. milk ice with red bean paste, are all worth a virtual visit. It is especially interesting to observe how shy blind dates and young couples were at the time, through Moon Appreciation.
Inspired by the people, activities and objects of the past in alleys and lanes, a team of professors and students from the Department of Fine Arts, Tunghai University are here to construct a small-town life by delineating, positioning and rebuilding of places and stories through their creations. Such include illustrations of memory and future, combinations of tradition and modernity, and weavings of the real and the imagined.
Artwork (a) Travelling with Morrison
Placing together the buffalos traded at the Yanshui Buffalo Market and the cats quietly resting in the Wangye Lane, artist Huang Tsi-yu created two characters for this project, i.e. Morrison and Ms. Black Cat. Viewers are invited to follow the two animals for an alley tour. Meandering through the once boisterous buffalo market with many nearby busy inns, and passing by today’s peaceful, soundless old houses, Morrison on a motorbike takes viewers for an exploration between memory and reality.
Artwork (b) Organic Project of Love
Artist Chang Hui-lan's Organic Project of Love links up ZaoJin Art Station in the middle of Wangye Lane, as well as the lane's old wells and houses, with green plants to express Yanshui's regional charm. Workshops on identifying, growing and using plants are held to build a sense of partnership. Through this project, other than making the environs more beautiful, the artist hopes to see the plants grow well for long, and that visitors can all enjoy a green, artistic sensory experience.
Artwork (c) Traces of Flowers
Daffodils are a crucial symbol of Yanshui, and roses which were once widely planted by the residents of Wangye Lane represent romantic love. Artist Chang Wen-chien introduces these two flowers to traditional iron window designs, allowing "traces of flowers" to spread out again in alleys and lanes. Tender and resilient, they linger on and on in Shuixian Neighborhood's past.
Artwork (d) Flying across a Meadow
The air-raid shelters in Wangye Lane were established in turbulent times. It is beyond modern people’s imagination how frightened Yanshui residents were in 1945 under air raids. In artist Chang Cheng-chun’s Flying across a Meadow, airplanes no longer trigger people’s fear and helplessness. Pain will eventually be gone as time passes. Love and peace will replace it as flowers bloom, when the airplane-shaped sprinkler sends out water.
Artwork (e) Cats Frolic, Buffalos Smile
The Buffalo Market of Yuejin Port was once the town’s thriving economic hub. Having earned more than enough money, the market workers liked to find some fun for themselves at Black Cat Inn and movie theaters, getting rid of fatigue at work. In artist Lin Yu-ling's project, Cats Frolic, Buffalos Smile, the buffalos that are once economic catalysts and the cats of Wangye Lane today are transformed into pieces of pottery art. They reveal the subtle relationship between the buffalo market and the inns in those prosperous days - the two animals seem like lovers, or creatures which depend on one another to live.