Penghu Shines on Global Stage - Hai-Chu Land Art Installation Wins Top International Design Award
The "Hai-Chu Dolphin" land art was placed at the beachside rest area next to Nanpu Temple in Houliao Village, Baishan Township, by the Penghu National Scenic Area Administration (Penghu-NSA). Tourists have flocked to checkin at the installation since it was opened to the public. The land art installation created by artist Hong Yi fuses a dolphin with a mouse to create a sculpture that turns people's impressions of the dolphin completely around. The surface of the sculpture is dominated by a blue and white porcelain pattern that depicts sights, animals, plants, and historic buildings in Penghu. Even sports fishing and snorkeling are included. Its installation in a rest area beside the bicycle path provides tourists with eye-catching artwork that is both cute and rich in culture. The ground nearby also features circular "Penghu Blue 澎湃有青" paving designed by artist Huang Po-wei in the same blue and white porcelain style. The patterned brick traditionally used in Penghu buildings are combined with common Penghu motifs such as Gaillardia, cactus, stone weirs, and marine creatures to create a fusion of the old and new that revitalizes local arts and culture. The installation won the Gold award in the "Landscape Design" design category of the MUSE Creative Award, a part of the International Award Association.
The dolphin is called Hai-chu in the local dialect of Penghu. Hai-chu is also used to describe a classy, upmarket venue. The designer chose the dolphin and the mouse as the starting point for creating the fun and bubbly "Hai-chu" as an accompaniment to cycling tours. As one of the key mascots, the patterns on the Hai Chu area microcosm of culture and attributes. It not only amazes the audience but also resonates with the local people. The most outstanding feature is the incorporation of many elements and motifs favored by the Chinese. The blue and white porcelain tracery on the exterior, and the product's specifications and totems are all closely connected to Eastern culture. Porcelain is a form of artistic experience that links the color blue to Penghu's island atmosphere. The sky merging into the sea is a popular sight for locals and visitors alike. The fun and lively Hai-chu welcomes the sun with a colorful ball on its head and a brilliant, playful smile. The artwork is surrounded by the number 8 as it sounds the same as the Chinese word for "Luck." The decorative pattern encompassed all of Penghu's special features as well. Despite the island's small size, it is home to a rich pool of cultural and creative resources such as the double-heart stone weir, green sea turtle, and lighthouse. Hai-chu represents not just the local culture of Penghu but also plays a key role in revitalizing the local tourism industry.