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Bench x 1, Lights x 6, Square x 6, Round x 6 + 60 Chairs

Public art, as its name suggests, is both "artistic" and "public." It is unique to this space, this place, this time. It is a social act of "art," "life" and "culture" involving the artist (artistic creation), a public space and the participation of the people, with appropriate support from the government and professionals. Since the Culture and Arts Reward Act was passed in 1992, 1% of all public works budgets has been allotted to public art, focusing on the superficial idea of "beautifying the environment," What we have seen is the mindset of "extra-large sculptures equal public art," with little consideration of the public nature of public art of the unique character of the current times. "1 Bench, 6 Lights, 6 Squares, 6 Circles, 60 Chairs" is an extension of the artist's past art projects specially customized for this particular venue, with the aim of producing a public art project that is public and practical. Most indoor public art tends to be located in the lobby of a building, because of its publicness and highly visible location. However, in this case the lobby has a high ceiling but limited floor space, and too many objects would disrupt the flow of motion through the entryway, as well as the original architectural aesthetics. "1 Bench, 6 Lights, 6 Squares, 6 Circles, 60 Chairs" attempts to reduce installations in the lobby to a minimum, and instead to extend the artwork to the lounge and multi-purpose room on the first floor of the dormitory, to make this public artworks as public as possible and to adhere to the original spirit of the building's design. The lounge and multi-purpose room are pra ctical public spaces, meant for such activities as personal interaction, seminars, dinner, and leisure, and given the provisions of the Government Procurement Act, practical considerations take priority over aesthetics in the physical facilities of most student dormitories. Therefore, "1 Bench, 6 Lights, 6 Squares, 6 Circles, 60 Chairs" is intended to integrate the lounge and lobby areas as a public, practical and aesthetic artwork, and to utilize resources for the greatest benefit of the users. The artist's previous work "TOA Lighting" was an alternative way of thinking about "resources" following a similar logic. Through such means as private-sector partnership, sponsorship, advertising, and asset transfer, a significant amount of new lighting equipment was installed in Hong-gah Museum, becoming part of future facilities. Similar projects were executed at MOCA Taipei, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, and the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. "1 Bench, 6 Lights, 6 Squares, 6 Circles, 60 Chairs" takes the form of a non-traditional public artwork that not only breaks through the customary framework, but also returns the publicness of a public space to its users. In this way, the public artwork is no longer just the act of an artist magnifying the size of a sculpture, but the integration of concept and content into a public, practical and aesthetic art project, and with the appropriate support from government and professionals, it is a social expression of art, life and culture.

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BeiTou
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107110501
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Bench x 1, Lights x 6, Square x 6, Round x 6 + 60 Chairs
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2017
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