This year's public art public participation activity at the Houli Park branch of the Taichung City Animal Shelter came to an impeccable conclusion on December 24, 2020. Meticulously planned and conducted by paper-cut artist Wei Shao-chun and Forz Design Co., Ltd., the activity was enlivened by the warm winter sunshine, which encouraged the participants to get outside to experience the wonderful interplay of paper-cut art works and natural light and shadow. In addition, the event also gave everyone a chance to catch a glimpse of the brand-new look of Houli Park animal shelter after its renovation.
The artist adopted the theme of "Paper-cutting: Unconditional joy" to link the three sessions of this public participation activity. Sign-up for the first session—"Paper folding art workshop: Art activity for young children"—filled up within 1 day after the sign-up announcement. Displaying truly endless creativity, the little kids participating in this activity transformed their abstract visions into tangible forms, and made paper-cut window decorations, auspicious imagery, and their imagined animals leap from the paper. The 2nd session—"Paper-cut art DIY workshop" let participants become paper-cut artists and try their hand at applying paper-cut art to everyday artifacts with the theme of animal shelter public art; the works they produced included a very unique double-sided calendar. The third session—"Guided Art: Exploring the animal shelter"—took participants on a tour of the park, and let them gradually explore all of the shelter's charming corners through an artist's eyes and paper-cut cards.
The external design of the Houli Park branch building features "yellow-ribbon" imagery, as well as swooping curves evoking a wide-open welcoming feeling. Even though this year's public art participation activity has come to a conclusion, the park branch will begin trial use and finally open for normal operation in 2021. During the year, the Health Inspection Office will continue to issue information in the lead up to opening, and interested members of the public should continue to watch this Office's website to make sure they don’t miss any up-to-date news!