Named after the “Formosa Incident,” pro-democracy demonstrations that lead to an observance of Human Rights Day December 10th, 1979. It’s regarded as one of the key events that eventually lead to democracy in Taiwan.
The Formosa Boulevard Station’s Dome of Light as it’s known was created by Italian artist Narcissus Quagliata who also oversaw the installation of it’s 4500 glass panels. It’s the largest glass art exhibit in the world.
The Dome of Light’s four themes tell the story of human light Water: The Womb of Life; Earth: Prosperity and Growth; Light: The Creative Spirit; and Fire: Destruction and Rebirth. The exhibit is also a metaphor for the development and movement towards democracy in Taiwan.
Even the outside entrances and exits of Formosa Station Boulevard are striking. Designed by Japanese architect Shin Takamatsu. The four main glass entrances evoke a sense of redemption or prayer as they orientation suggests folded hands.
This is a wonderful little diversion from a stay in Southern Taiwan that can be incorporated while you’re on the move to many sites of the city that can be visited via the Kaohsiung MRT. It’s a wonderful peaceful spot, even with the beeping of metro gates. You may even catch a piano recital with the baby grand piano that’s always on site.
Thumbnail photo by Gerard Laubscher
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