Since 2018, Taipower has been showcasing the cultural heritage of electrical power. Everyday electricity is transformed into interesting historical cultural heritage exhibitions using approachable methods. Last year's (2019) electricity cultural heritage exhibition, Just Flow, focused on hydropower and attracted 80,000 visitors. The exhibition was also recognized by the 2020 Red Dot Design Award.
The grand opening today (the 30th) for this year's Light Up--2020 Taipower Cultural Heritage Exhibition is at the South Tobacco Factory in Taipei Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. Taipower indicates that this year's theme is electricity transmission. Nearly 200 valuable power cultural exhibits are collected from over 20 units across the country and showcased in the five major exhibition areas. Among these exhibits is the more than 100 years old electricity meter. Circular projections are integrated into the exhibition to create digital somatosensory interactions. The exhibition is open as of today until November 22, and admissions is free. The public is welcome to explore electricity in a fantasy journey.
Opening activities of the Light Up--2020 Taipower Cultural Heritage Exhibition are held at the Wenchuang Boulevard of the Taipei Songshan Cultural and Creative Park this morning. A 5-meter-tall Q-version electrical tower has been delivered to the site and Taipower employees operated drones to demonstrate cable pulling operations. Taipower Chairman Yang Wei-Fuu, Curators Hsu Che-Yu and Chung-Yuan Kuo, and other distinguished guests unveiled the exhibition.
Taipower explains that since the initiation of the Cultural Heritage Preservation plan in 2016, tens of thousands of cultural assets have been inventoried by dozens of units and hundreds of people. The Taipower’s Power Infrastructure as Landscape in 2018 was based on preserving cultural heritage and power industry heritage. For the first time, the time treasure cache of old power plants throughout Taiwan is opened and showcased in the first electric power themed exhibition in Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. In 2019, the theme highlighted the century-old hydroelectric power generation that lighted Taiwan’s development. The exhibition displayed more than 100 power generation objects from hydropower plants across the country, architectural blueprints and other precious cultural and historical articles. Last year, Taipower won the Ministry of Culture's double Arts and Business Awards for "Cultural Heritage Preservation and Cultural and Art Performance and Promotion", and also won the Shopping Design's 2019 Taiwan Design Best 100 Curatorial Award.
Taipower points out that this year’s Light Up-- 2020 Taipower Cultural Heritage Exhibition differs from the previous year. The theme this year is on the transmission of power after it is generated. The exhibition venue features five galleries showcasing Power Beat, Shifts, Power Objects, Wild and Electricity in Future Homes. Nearly 200 articles of precious power cultural heritage such as power towers, power lines, electric poles, transformers, transformer boxes and electric meters are collected from more than 20 units across the country and combined with digital audio-visual sensory applications to allow the public to experience the ordinary electricity in a unique way.
Taipower particularly recommends "must-visit" exhibits. These highlights include the more than a century old electricity meter first used in Taiwan during the Japanese occupation and the first ever display of the obsolete transformer imprinted with the abbreviation KPC for Kinmen Power Company, the predecessor of Taiwpower's Kinmen Branch. Taipower has also created a digital experience space equipped with giant curved projections, mirror installations and experimental music. Walking into the 16-meter-long cable tunnel is like entering a cable pipeline. In addition, the exhibition venue is also equipped with a 360-degree real-world surround experience of high-altitude drone inspections. Donning a helmet in the circular screen projection, visitors can experience the perspectives of Taipower employees working atop a 40-meter-high tower.
Taipower indicates that the Light Up--2020 Taipower Cultural Heritage Exhibition opens today at the South Tobacco Factory in Taipei Songshan Cultural and Creative Park and will run until November 22. Admissions is free. The exhibition also offers various experience activities suitable for the whole family. Activities include line technician experience for children, fidget spinner camp, and new applications of HoloLens mixed reality technology in the power industry. For details, please refer to the exhibition FB fan page (https://www.facebook.com/2020.LIGHT.UP.TPC)
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