[Art in Public Place] Third Public Art Festival, 2015

Location: Neihu District, Taipei, Taiwan
Date: October 17 to November 15, 2015

Egrets, once common in Taiwan, are now rare in Taipei City due to the disappearance of natural habitats replaced by dense urban development. Fortunately, egrets are seen in Neihu District, with its mountains and lakes.
The “Egrets Encounters” Public Art Festival, taking place in Neihu District, reminds the public to appreciate nature around us and the beauty in life while painting “Egrets.”
More than two hundred colorful egrets created by students, artists and residents in the community were installed in public spaces in Neihu District, such as parks and greenways. Each artwork tells a story to change the world through soft strength.

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[Art in Public Place] Touhu Red Fortress


Photo by Howard Huang

Touhu Red Fortress is a participatory public art project, located in TouHu Elementary School, Linkuo District, New Taipei City, Taiwan. This series of artworks commemorate Touhu Red Fortress and recognize the history and culture of this community’s connection to Linkuo Tableland by using plain brick masonry with locally fired bricks as key materials. This art work is created by a Taiwan-based artist, Howard Huang (黃浩德).

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Winners of 2013 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards Announced

September 3, 2013  News from UNESCO office in Bangkok.


The restoration of the principal chedi (reliquary stupa) in Wat Prayurawongsawas Worawihan temple in Bangkok, Thailand has been honoured with the Award of Excellence in the 2013 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. The award recognizes the work undertaken on the Phra Borommathat Maha Chedi and the attached hall, Pharin Pariyattithammasala, for its technical achievement and for the outstanding social impact sparked by the conservation project.

In June this year a panel of international conservation experts was convened to review and deliberate on the 47 entries received from 16 countries across the Asia-Pacific region. “We were particularly encouraged to see our broadest ever geographical range this year, spanning from the Cook Islands in the Eastern Pacific Ocean to the Islamic Republic of Iran at the far end of West Asia”, comments Tim Curtis, Chair of the Jury and Chief of the Culture Unit, UNESCO Bangkok.
Other awardees include:

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Compare Jakarta Then and Now

October 16, 2012  From the Wall Street Journal Southeast Asia

JAKARTA–Scott Merrillees, a historian and long-time Jakarta resident, shared his collection of antique postcards from Jakarta with The Wall Street Journal. Here is how these locations look today. This is the third installment of postcards and photographs connected to Mr. Merrillees’ coffee-table book called “Greetings From Jakarta: Postcards of a Capital 1900-1950.” 

Read the article and try the interactive graphics of the old and the new.

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World's First Cloned Village in China

June 22, 2012  From Inhabitat

China has pulled off a feat that no other country would even dream of achieving: a cloned village. Every detail of the original Hallstatt village, a UNESCO protected heritage gemin Austria, has been copied in a replica situated one hour outside of Huizhou in Guangdong Province. China Minmetals Corporation announced their $940 million plan to re-create the secluded hamlet in June, 2011, and now, just one year later, the place is open to visitors.

Read more: World's First Cloned Village in China is Now Open to Visitors, and China Plans To Clone The Entire Village of Hallstatt, Austria

Winners of 2012 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards Announced

September 9, 2012  News from UNESCO office in Bangkok.

Mbaru Niang, a village of traditional houses in Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia has been honoured with the Award of Excellence in the 2012 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.  

The two Awards of Distinction include the Sethna Buildings in Mumbai, India and the Water Systems in Hampi, India.

The three Awards of Merit include the Zhizhusi Complex in Beijing, China; the Chandramauleshwat Temple in Hampi, India; and Khilingrong Mosque in Shigar, Pakistan.

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Shopping in Malaysia, the Old Way

September 2, 2012  News from the New York Time

KUALA LUMPUR — A vibrant cornucopia of colors bursts from tables laden with tropical fruits and Asian vegetables. Nearby, slick eels splash noisily in a tank and a tray of catfish fight for their last breaths, as men push trolleys past elderly women doing their morning shopping.  (Read More)