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Artists call for 'Taiwanese colors' through exhibition
Central News Agency
2014-03-18 11:09 PM
Taipei, March 18 (CNA) A former government member who is an accomplished artist launched a campaign Tuesday through an exhibition, calling on people in Taiwan to recognize the colors red, green and gold as symbols of the nation. Taiwan needs to have its own colors to represent the country's unique culture, so as to establish an identity among its people, Tchen Yu-chiou, a former minister of the then-Council for Cultural Affairs, said at the show organized by the Egret Culture and Education Foundation, where she serves as chairwoman, and FREEiMAGE Design. Tchen said the idea of symbolizing a nation's spirit with colors is not original and that there are many successful examples around the world. For example, athletes from China sport uniforms of red, while the Swiss showcase their colors of red and white during the Olympic Games, Tchen said. Tchen said she expects to launch cultural creative products based on red, green and gold every year to help people identify with the colors. Chen Jun-liang, the show curator from FREEiMAGE Design and a finalist in a medal design competition for the Tang Prize -- billed as the "Asian Nobel Prize" -- said he looked for inspiration from home furnishings. Chen designed pillows shaped like the traditional Taiwanese red turtle cake, and golden gourd table decorations as a symbol of wealth and good fortune. For the green part of the theme, Chen created glass lamps featuring mullet swimming in the ocean. The exhibition will run through April. 18. (By Sabine Cheng and Maia Huang)
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