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Tainan, Taiwan, October 2013


In Taiwan, electrical boxes located in city streets are often decorated with paintings of idyllic landscapes – Utopian scenes. Considering how the production of electrical power actually affects the environment visually and physically, the paintings seem to be a manipulation of reality. I imagine they might even be created for the purposes of propaganda. Taiwan relies on nuclear energy for 17.1% of its electrical production (2012). I visited the Nuclear Power plant in Maanshan, the third to be built in Taiwan, to make a painting of the Nuclear Reactors imitating the painting style of the idyllic landscape images. From this I produced 500 stickers, which I stuck on electrical box paintings throughout the city of Tainan. Through this simple intervention, the meaning of the paintings has been completely inverted.



Photo : Area Park

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