An article about LEGO sculpture artist Nathan Sawayas the Art of the Brick exhibition, currently being shown at the Songshan Cultural Park in Taipei, Taiwan.
As usually happens on daytrips out of the city, we stop briefly at a street market on the way back. As it happens, the fascinating farm of the frenzied friendly foot-feeding fish was in the mountains of Hsinchu county, the route to and from took us through the town of Beipu, which has a nice street market. Unlike last time at the Wulai city center in which we only had a few minutes, this time we had an hour to wander around before we had to hop back on the bus.
So here are the pictures of the Beipu old street market I was able to get in that time.
Apparently, this is a thing. You put your feet in a pool of fish, commonly known as doctor fish, and let them munch away the dead skin cells. Not only is this a thing, but it seems to be a popular thing with many countries having their own foot-feeding-fish spas. While in some places it's cleanliness has been challenged (it has been banned in some states in the US as well as some Canadian provinces) it's popularity seems to be growing and in recent years Cyprinion macrostomum fish (the most common type of doctor fish) features have been popping up all over Taiwan.
In 2010, the city of Taipei played host to the World Flora Exhibition and while most of the exhibits were disassembled at the conclusion of that exhibition a few of the more popular ones remain. The Dreams Pavilion, located in Xinsheng Park, is one of these. The Dreams Pavilion is essentially a series of multimedia, interactive art installations set in a series of connected gallery spaces. All of the installations share a floral theme and interact with visitors in different ways, usually via photosensors or an RFID bracelet handed out at the entrance.
Taipei is a city of snake-like winding alleys and lanes that span the space between the major streets and roads. In fact, most of whats worth finding…the tasty restaurants, niche shops, and so on…are hidden in them. They are well worth exploring, especially in the more commercial areas of the city such as the area around Chungsiao/Fushing. There are plenty of little discoveries to make.
On the way back home from the firefly farm in Wulai this past Saturday we stopped in the center of the town so that we could grab a bite to eat on the long ride home. We had 15 minutes, then we had to get back on the bus.
So heres pictures of Wulai, late at night, in 15 minutes.
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