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Van Gogh painting recreated with 4 million PET bottles

2015/12/26 22:38:36

Taipei , Dec. 26 (CNA) A northern Taiwan park that recreated Vincent Van Gogh's painting "Starry Night" on a massive scale using more than 4 million discarded PET bottles began a trial run Saturday.

Wang Chih-chin (王志欽), a spokesman for the Embrace Cultural and Creative Park (擁恆文創園區), said the Keelung-based park will start to charge NT$100 (US$3.04) for adults and NT$50 for children, students and senior citizens from the following day.

The opening hours will be 10 a.m. through 9 p.m., with a free shuttle service provided at Badu railway station, he said.

Unison Developing Co. (國統集團), which owns the park, said that the NT$90 million creation is aimed at expressing the ideas of environmental protection, the arts and therapy.

Unison Developing Chairman Chen Cheng-feng (陳振豐) said that for every 10 bottles donated by the people for the project, NT$1 will be donated to an association to help those suffering from depression, adding that the famous painter suffered from depression in his later years, but still painted masterpieces for the world to enjoy.

The exhibition venue will allow children to roam through a fairytale world, and in the future there will be starlit camping sites, using lights and sound to replace real campfires and letting the public enjoy the scenery, listen to music and interact with nature.

There will be DIY activities for the family, such as painting the bottles, and a fine arts hall to introduce the life story of Van Gogh and show reproductions of his works.

Lin Kun-min (林坤明), the exhibition curator, said he started to collect bottles around six months ago, but encountered a problem when the price of one kilogram of bottles surged to more than NT$10 from less than NT$3 in the greater Taipei area.

He then had to source them from Taoyuan, and was very touched when he received bottles sent from Tainan and Kaohsiung, pointing out the senders "couldn't even cover their express delivery expenses."

(By Wang Chao-yu and Lilian Wu)