A wall of colored bottles of Kaoliang liquor, the famous liquor from outlying Kinmen County, has recently become a new tourist attraction in the county.
Nearly 3,000 recycled bottles -- that were once used to contain the strong distilled liquor made from sorghum -- have been painted in different colors and used to set up the wall.
The art installation, which features the Chinese characters for Kinmen and the face of local deity the Wind Lion God, stands in Panshan Village on the western part of the main island of Kinmen.
"It combines traditional elements, such as the Wind Lion God, with the symbol of the local industry -- Kaoliang," said Weng Shao-hui (???), who was behind the art installation as part of an effort to revitalize the old village.
On the five meter-long wall, the two Chinese characters are formed in white and red, while the face of the Wind Lion God is in red and blue.
The Wind Lion God is a special deity local to Kinmen, and statues of the deity are built in the belief by local people that they will protect them from the dusty wind that often creates severe damage there. The statues are commonly seen in Kinmen.
The latest project comes after Weng's previous work last year, which involved painting abandoned drainage channels and organizing events there, such as picnics, turning the site into an attraction.
Weng, a Kinmen native who holds a master's degree in urban planning, cooperated with university students who came to work as interns at a local organization in Kinmen dedicated to promoting village development, in which Weng serves as chairman.
Weng said his organization came up with the idea last year, but it was made possible only after the interns helped to work on the project, which cost about NT$100,000 (US$3,171).
"It's not just an art installation," Weng said. "It can be used in conjunction with other activities."
For example, his organization recently launched a campaign for people to write down their wishes on cards and then tie them to the wall, he said.
"May all people in Kinmen be safe and happy," he read on one card. Other cards expressed wishes for their businesses to prosper, as well as giving thanks for their school teachers.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel