Happy Father’s Day

Wish all the Fathers in the World  – “A Happy Father’s Dy”

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Alishan Nature Park, Taiwan

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It took us about 3 hours to reached Alishan Mountains,  half way up to the mountains, it was fogging and the roads totally covered by the mist. All we can see is misty white covered a large part of the mountains and the reserve. We got into park and found our way to check in our hotel, the tour company had booked us into a lousy village hotel, every where we can see dirt and spiderwebs around the walls and floors.

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The staff working there were very friendly and we  booked our additional trips to visit the reserve and  morning sunrise with them.  Our driver was not allow to take us into the reserve, it was a regulation set by the reserve, and  we must wake up at 3.00 a.m. in the morning for this mini tour. We been offered 2 tours – one is by the train which we  will see only the morning sunrise and the train trip and another more expensive tour  which covered all the important landmarks in the Alishan and cost 3 to 4 times different.

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Ailshan National Scenic Area is a mountain resort and nature preserve in the mountains of Chiayi County. The reserve is about 415 square km in area which include wilderness, four villages, waterfalls tea plantation, Ailshan train station and hiking trails. This place is popular with tourists and mountain climbers, and it become one of the major landmarks in Taiwan.

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Ailshan is well known for the sunrises, and on a beautiful day one can observe the sun come up on a sea of clouds in the area between Ailshan and Yushan.

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We went for our walk to the train station and in time to see the sunset, then we went to the local restaurant to have our dinner which they offered steamboat and various dishes as a package deal.  Enjoyed our dinner and wine, we back to our hotel to have an early night for the next day excursion. When we reached our hotel,  the place were full of butterflies and moths, I have never see such a great varieties of these before.  So spent a great time time taking photos of the butterflies and moths and totally forgotten I need to wake up at 2.00 a.m. the next morning for the mini tour.

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Preparation for our exhibition

Finally  this is our last week to set out our sculptures pieces at the gallery. Our exhibition will be on 3rd to 4th March 2015 from 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. at The Work Gallery, Birmingham. I had just managed to finish one of my sculpture piece for the show which is made of fiber glass, latex, plaster and scrim.  As for my fine art project which title Freedom using the umbrellas to express Freedom of expression, speech and democratic and for my print making theme of “reflection”  on the old Tai Po train station in Hong Kong. Using photo transfer images of the old station photos onto the old and rusty wooden plank.

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It took 1 day to hang the 3 pieces of sculpture pieces and  I needed to get the spot light for my sculpture pieces so that it will show the decay meat torso of the 3rd pieces. The theme for my sculpture piece is “Silent Cruelty” and it took time to show the cruelty and harm to a person as times goes and the damaged it create to a person  mentally and physically to a human body.

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During our this week at the gallery I have to figure up how to hang the pieces and using lighting to create a dramatic effect on the pieces. For my fine art piece – using ready make plastic umbrella and tried to paint new paints onto the plastic, which I have not foreseen that it will took me so much times by trying different paints and how to get the paint stick onto the fragile plastic. During this process it change my outlook of ready make products to create a sculpture pieces.

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Unfortunately, I haven’t finish this project yet as there are still lot of painting and creating dramatic effects and ideas but it will have to be finished later in the year as I have more times  to explore and produced these ideas onto to it.  I have to paint on the different texture created by the paint to give a depth to show the texture, tones and color on the umbrellas. The theme “Freedom” came from the students strike in Hong Kong for freedom in democratic and speech for their country.

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Finally for the print making, I still haven’t finish polish the wooden planks yet and will bought all these planks to the gallery tomorrow and to check whether placing it on the wall or on the floor to display it. It will be long and hard working days for this week to get all ready for next week opening day on Monday. Keep my fingers cross and hope all will be ready in time for the exhibition.