co·ex·ist . To exist together, at the same time, or in the same place.
The Treasure Hill community located in the Gonguan district of Taipei by the Xindian River, which is an important lifeline for the village used to have extensive urban farms between the settlement and the river, was a formally illegal settlement of urban farmers. After a participatory planning action, Treasure Hill community and Taipei City Government, the area has been restored into a model community of environmentally sustainable urban living in Taiwan, maintaining traditional farming community values, enclave inside the modern city.
The site specific intervention coexistence, situated on an existing vegetable garden from Treasure Hill, has been conceived it in reason and function of its physical and cultural context. The intervention emphasizes the practice of urban farming community as a model to redefine the borders between nature and urban life.
Inspired by symbolic elements from rural Taiwanese landscapes, the intervention proposes the creation of a new abstract landscape inserted into an existing vegetable garden from Treasure Hill, reinterpreting the elements into a series of lighting pieces that interlace and dilute with the site.
The intervention, dialogues with the landscape, reflecting on new ways of coexistence between the natural and the built surroundings, creating new readings that establish a dialogue between nature, man, and culture.
The intervention reflects about the value of urban agriculture, reinforcing the importance of this practice as an example of urban acupuncture. The work creates a new hybrid landscape, built with symbolic cultural elements use for the practice of cultivating in Taiwan, the bamboo as a supporting element and the Taiwanese conical hat as a suspended light. This two elements work as one homogeneous piece that formed a series of lanterns emerging from the field.
The work is related to its surroundings through diverse scales and visual levels. On the one hand, it establishes an urban-scale relationship with the site that delimits the garden. On the other hand, the work establishes an approximately scaled relationship with the vegetables and plants at the ground level in which people can recognize and observe in detail the vegetal patterns and the species that form the garden.
x-studio : : Ivan Juarez
Curator: 周韵洳 Yun Ju Chou
Electric Installation: Hong Min-Chen
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Special thanks to Travis Hung
Photograhs: Ivan Juarez