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The Chiao Pan Shan Presidential Retreat scenic area in Fuhsing Township, Taoyuan County, a popular tourist destination, now hosts the country’s first world-class Sculpture Park.

Taoyuan County, a sizable (second largest county in the country) and populous county, is located in northern Taiwan. With the Chiang Kai-shek International Airport within its borders and traversed by two major freeways, it is a major international transportation hub and the most important port of entry for foreign visitors.

Mindful of Taoyuan County’s role as the gateway to the country, the Cultural Affairs Bureau (CAB) of Taoyuan County Government decided in October of 2003 to commission a group of twelve internationally renowned artists, including Taiwan’s native son Mr. A-Sun Wu, to chisel out a dozen sculpture masterpieces in Chiao Pan Shan Presidential Retreat, as a guidepost for future environmental beautification efforts.

International collaborative artistic projects and exhibits of this kind are fairly common, and have been quite fruitful, in the United States and Europe, but not in Taiwan. It is our hope that, in addition to erecting some eye-pleasing landmarks in the county, Taoyuan’s collaborative project with noted international artists will earn it a place among the world’s pioneers in urban art.


Eleven of these 12 public art pieces are the work of artists jointly invited by Mr. A-Sun Wu and French art critic Mr. Gerard Xuriguera from Portugal, Israel, the United States, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Eire, Latin America, Switzerland, and Japan. The twelfth one, “Human Fox,” is the work of Mr. Wu, who did it on behalf of Taiwan.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Wu and Mr. Gerard Xuriguera, who had to travel extensively while planning and coordinating the project. We are also grateful to the Council for Culture Affairs and the Quanta Computer Education Foundation for their financial support. We hope the park will become a new tourist attraction as well as a mecca of public art education in Taiwan.

Eric Liluan Chu, Taoyuan County Administrator
May, 2004

 
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