Street art is becoming a big obsession. One of the first things that I do when I decide on a new destination is to find out whether or not I’m going to get my fill of street art. When I decided to be in Taiwan for two weeks, and Taipei for a large majority of that, I knew I needed to scope it out. Luckily, one of my favorite things to do while traveling is just to wander the streets. And from wandering and gaining some insight from a local in Taiwan, I was able to find some of the best Murals in Taipei.
Taipei may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of street art culture, but be prepared to be pleasantly surprised. In Taipei street art and better yet, good street art is easy to come by. The capital of the island country of Taiwan is rife with large and small scale street art.
Here are my favourite photos of the street art that I saw. And as always, if you know of any more, leave them in the comments!
台北老街三峡 Taipei Sanxia Old Street (Part 2/2) : 三艺金工 San Yi Metalworking Studio (Traditional Craft)
对想专心进行手工创作的人而言，最需要的就是能找到一个轻松舒适、同时还能与其他同好进行交流的空间。为打造出理想的手创天地，从事这行三十年的温清隆师傅原本想在东区找店面，却意外在《甘乐文创》内找到满意的地点，创立了 “三艺金工” 工作室。
Blacksmithing and traditional metalworking are ancient crafts and techniques that are quickly disappearing from society. The San Yi Metalworking Studio is an excellent example of CAN’s influence on traditional industries. Mr Wen Qinglong, a master silversmith, was trained as a traditional apprentice since the age of 13. Although he has a solid mastery of the skills of his craft, he could only find work making items to order on a case-by-case basis. With the help of CAN, however, he began to see beyond this traditional dynamic. He founded an independent studio and developed his own brand of design products, allowing him to engage in artistic creation firsthand. He also works to cultivate an appreciation for his craft through interactive demonstrations and hands-on experience sessions. By continuing to introduce new possibilities to local craftspeople, CAN hopes to continue to make use of local resources and find new meaning in old arts.
台北老街三峡 Taipei Sanxia Old Street (Part 1/2) : 甘乐文创‧百年古厝／艺文咖啡／展演空间 CAN Culture, Art and Nature
Taiwan’s old streets play a significant role to the country’s architectural, cultural, culinary, and economic history. Each old street is famous for only one particular thing which it produced many years ago. Despite having developed into tourist attractions, these streets are preserved, and you can still trace the roots of the locals’ lifestyle, and get a glimpse into Taiwan in the olden days.
Walking along Sanxia Old Street is like walking into a time tunnel - the arched red brick hallways, the traditional architecture, the beams, columns, ancient wooden plaques, the squat maidens walls and the figure carvings upon the buildings are all very unique. This ancient street has a feeling of nostalgia for the good old days and makes visitors want to linger.
The Culture Art and Nature (CAN) located in Sanxia Old Street is re-established from old houses, and periodically hosts music, plays and photography exhibitions. CAN, a local community advocacy group, has been intimately involved with Sanxia’s cultural preservation efforts and creating a historical record of its past. The group’s founder, Jeffery Lin, grew up in the area.
My Photo Essay entitled Hong Kong and Singapore《香港美荷楼生活馆与新加坡牛车水原貌馆》Published in LianheZaobao 联合早报 Newspapers Dated 19 April 2018
My photo essay under pen name 蓝天游 on Hong Kong's Heritage of Mei Ho House 美荷樓生活館 and SG's Chinatown Heritage Centre《香港美荷楼生活馆与新加坡牛车水原貌馆》is published in today's LianheZaobao 联合早报缤纷版 dated 19 April 2018! 感谢、感恩! Thrilled to see it being featured nationwide in print! Special thanks to Lianhe Zaobao, you have made my day! :)