Northern Taiwan mining remains to be lit up from Sept. 14

09/13/2019 10:56 PM
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Taipei, Sept. 13 (CNA) "The Remains of the 13 Levels," a former smelter plant in northern Taiwan's New Taipei City, will be lit up from Sept. 14 to boost local tourism, campaign organizers said Friday in a lighting up ceremony.

Weather permitting, the facility used for copper and gold mining during the Japanese colonial period will be covered in soft amber-colored light every night between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., according to The General Association of Chinese Culture, which is chaired by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).

It is hoped that by illuminating the relics, which sit on metal-contaminated soil, the remains could attract tourists' attention and boost the local economy, the association said.

It took world-renowned lighting designer Chou Lien (周鍊), responsible for the lighting project of the Statute of Liberty in New York, and Annie Chu (朱文英), leading designer of Lighting Design Consultants, two years to create the art installation, said Chu.

The team used a total of 360 sets of lighting equipment, varying in 15 combinations of brightness and angles, to light up the relics in Ruifang District, Chu said.

Also known as "the Potala Palace of Mountain Mines," the building was a smelter plant that used to process refined ore from Jinguashi and Jiufen in New Taipei City when Taiwan was under Japan's control.

The refinery was taken over by the state-run Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) in the late 1980s and has been designated a historical building in New Taipei City since 2007.

(By Yeh Chen and Lee Hsin-Yin)


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