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An Underpass

A12

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An underpass entrance, such as is normally only seen in urban areas, suddenly appears alongside a road in the countryside. The flooded entrance blocks the way for people wanting to go further to see what is going on. Where will it lead us? The occurrence of another world? An unused facility? Land subsidence? Or to Daofong Lagoon?  

As one element of civil engineering, which includes transportation, buildings, and tunnels, the main function of a pedestrian underpass is to allow people to cross a road safely, without having to face traffic on the surface. Most underpasses are located in large cities or near shopping malls, subway stations, bus terminals, or wharfs. However, an underpass is not as common a feature as an overpass, because they are more expensive to build and are easily affected by floods. The high cost of maintenance and issues emerging around security through a lack of supervision, also limit their usage.

In this project, the theme is a pedestrian underpass. Alongside the entrance to the Arts Center, the artist has installed an underpass which looks just like the real thing. Although at first sight the appearance of the underpass seems to make sense, it still raises the question of whether it is really necessary. The process draws attention to, and encourages discussion about, the relationship between public construction projects and real demands. The work, which is disguised as a public construction, but which showed up suddenly overnight, may also perplex locals. This can be adopted as an approach for art to intervene in a (public) space, and as an attempt to generate some reaction in the area.

The artist has used muddy water in a tray to stage the scene of a flooded underpass, which both covers up the fact that it is impossible to dig a real underground space at that particular spot, and also allows the audience to imagine what is inside, which adds an interesting touch to the work.

Artist of the works

LIAO Chien-ChungTaiwan

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