Luo Jr-Shin
A Tamed Flower Displayed at the Western Courtyard Fountain in Chiang Kai-shek Shilin Residence Park during 2022 Nuit Blanche Taipei


A Tamed Flower

Material: Metal structure, plaster, soap, submersible motor, water cycle system

On view: 18:00 October 1 to 06:00 October 2


The concept behind “a tamed flower” begins with creating “an ugly flower,” which leads to a series of questions: “how can I make it ugly?” “What is ugliness?” “Can nature be ugly?”

A Tamed Flower will be on short-term display at Chiang Kai-shek Shilin Residence Park. The garden of Mrs. Chiang is mysterious and exudes a sense of power. The plant improvement center alludes to the historical reference of “taming,” while the “dark fairy tales” and Chinese aesthetics of the residence are transformed into an imaginary secret garden through the changing lighting of night and day. The artist contemplates whether people can still be offended by “ugliness;” the answer may be surprising. Or perhaps this “ugliness” will become an eerie, unique blossom during the twilights and dawns of Nuit Blanche.

The design of this work was inspired by the fetal position or the form of an adult in a crouched kneeling position. The water cycle system extracts water through the submersible motor and is spurted from the two openings (two flowers) on the sculpture.



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